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New $1.6m School For Bau District

New $1.6m School For Bau District
Prime Minister Vorege Bainimarama during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bau Central College in Tailevu on April 13, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 14
10:45 2017

The $1.6 million Bau Central College will have a modern education facility come 2018.

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday performed the groundbreaking ceremony.

He said the college at Mokani, Tailevu, had been funded by Government.

Mr Bainimarama said Government’s aim was to expand access to high quality education for Fijian students. He said Bau was one of the many areas they were looking into.

“It will bring us closer to ensuring that every child, no matter where they call home, can secure a better future for themselves through the knowledge and skills acquired in our schools,” Mr Bainimarama said.

By 2018 the new school would benefit students from Ratu Ravuama Primary, Cautata District, Bau District, Nakelo District, Krishna Vedic School, Dravo Primary, Namata District School, Daku Village School, Nasamila District, Sanatan Dharaam Primary and Kuku District School.

Mr Bainimarama said students would soon have a convenient, modern and functional new school facility to further their education.

He said the construction work had been tendered to Super Construction who were scheduled to deliver and complete the work on time.

He said the school’s completion had been long-awaited by the people of Bau and once completed it would benefit the young people and future generations.

Bau chief Ratu Joji Cakobau, son of the late Vunivalu, Ratu Sir George Cakobau, said the construction of the school was an opportunity for iTaukei to take advantage of having an education at an institution closer to them.

Ratu Joji said the school would bring all iTaukei together. It would also bring together Fijians of Indian descent to an environment where they could work together.

He said the school would also be closer to the villages and parents would no longer be worried about sending their children to a school far from home.

Bau Central College interim manager Sake Mateilevuka said the ground breaking ceremony was a great Easter gift for the people of Bau.

“We are really happy, it’s a good day, good Easter for the districts and the settlements here,” Mr Mateilevuka said.

“It has been 14 years since we tried to initiate a plan for a secondary school here and it was in 2014 that this project was revived.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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