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Ratu Kadavulevu School Students Receive Wooden Chests From Ministry Of Forestry

Last week, after a tour of the school, Mr Bainimarama, who is a former Degei House boarder, directed the Fiji Corrections Service and the Ministry of Forestry to make bunk beds for the students.
10 Nov 2019 14:05
Ratu Kadavulevu School Students Receive Wooden Chests From Ministry Of Forestry
Ratu Kadavulevu School principal Pio Veivoli (left), speaks with Permanent Secretary for Forestry Pene Baleinabuli following the handover of the wooden chests for boarders. Photo: Ministry of Forestry

Two weeks after a fire destroyed the Degei House hostel at Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) in Tailevu, help continues to flow in for the students affected.

On Friday, the Ministry of Forestry handed 25 wooden chests to the school. The chests were made within a week.

The Permanent Secretary for Forestry, Pene Baleinabuli, said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had asked them to help out.

“We have the expertise in the Ministry of Forestry, we have a workshop and they joined us there. It was fortunate that we had some material,” Mr Baleinabuli said.

“In short what we have spent for these 25 boxes is less than $2000. It is an honour to have been able to do this within a week. We are assigned to do 50, but we thought the children need it so we have brought the first 25 for the students who needed this.”

A happy Ratu Kadavulevu School student with his boarding gear and new wooden chest donated by the Ministry of Forestry on November 8, 2019. Photo: Ministry of Forestry

A happy Ratu Kadavulevu School student with his boarding gear and new wooden chest donated by the Ministry of Forestry on November 8, 2019. Photo: Ministry of Forestry

Last week, after a tour of the school, Mr Bainimarama, who is a former Degei House boarder, directed the Fiji Corrections Service and the Ministry of Forestry to make bunk beds for the students.

The RKS Old Boys also fundraised to provide clothes and other items for the affected students.

The Parents and Teachers Association of Queen Victoria School also gave more than $5000 as a donation.

The boarders of Degei House were moved to the senior dormitory as the Year 13 students had completed their exams.

The Ministry of Education will look at rebuilding options. So far, the cause of the fire has not been established.

The lack of a dormitory may also see the school have fewer students boarding next year.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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