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School Buses For North Students Who Walked Miles, Rode Horseback, Travelled By Boat

School Buses For North Students Who Walked Miles, Rode Horseback,  Travelled By Boat
Divisional Education Officer Northern Selemo Drokamaisau (right) standing with his staff while receiving nine buses in Labasa on August 20,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu
August 21
10:00 2018

Students in remote areas of Vanua Levu, who once walked miles to school, travelled on horseback and by boat, will receive a surprise pick-up when school opens next week.

This is after the Ministry of Education office in Labasa received nine brand new buses from the Government through China-Aid yesterday.

Divisional Education Officer Northern Selemo Drokamaisau  while receiving nine buses in Labasa on August 20,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

Divisional Education Officer Northern Selemo Drokamaisau while receiving nine buses in Labasa on August 20,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

The schools that will benefit are Vunisalusalu District School, Vaturova Koroalau Secondary School, Navonu Primary School, Vatuvonu SDA College, Nasavusavu Special School, Fiji Vocational and Training Centre For Persons With Disabilities, Dogotuki District School, Nadogo Central College, Nasarawaqa Primary School, Lekutu Secondary School, Ratu Luke Primary School, Ratu Luke Secondary School, Bua College, Dama District School, Qumusea District School and Nabala Secondary School.

While receiving the buses Northern Division education officer Selemo Drokamaisau said he was thankful to the Government for the assistance.

“I have visited schools in the North and many preschoolers walk more than two kilometres to school, some on boat for ten minutes from one village to another while some on horseback with their father,” Mr Drokamaisau said.

“After one hour upon entering school these children fall off to sleep, tired because of long travelling.

“This assistance will greatly benefit the pre-school pupils and I am sure they will be happy to receive a new ride.”

He said these schools  were  identified  after an expression of  interest  from the schools  was sent  to the Ministry of Education and the district  offices  confirmed  the transportation need for each school, after visiting the schools. 

Edited by Percy Kean

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