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Students strive for excellence

Written By : MELA TUILEVUKA. Sandwiched between two villages in the remotest area of Namosi lies Veinuqa District School. Established in 1905 the school caters for 17 students from the
13 Sep 2008 12:00

Written By : MELA TUILEVUKA. Sandwiched between two villages in the remotest area of Namosi lies Veinuqa District School.
Established in 1905 the school caters for 17 students from the two villages of Nasoqo and Wainilotulevu.
The two villages are located on either side of the hill overlooking the school.
School headmaster Pateresio Kotoinaqara said the school has three teachers including him and they have class one to class eight.
“One teacher takes on classes one and two, another one takes on classes three, four, and five while I look after classes six, seven and eight,” Mr Kotoinaqara said.
Mr Kotoinaqara added their normal school day starts off at 8am and ends at 3pm.
“The students academic results are good and progressive and there is a lot more room for them to improve,” he said.
With their school motto ‘Sa vuni vuku na rerevaki Jiova’ meaning to gain wisdom is to fear God, Mr Kotoinaqara said he often reminds students that hard work and having faith in God will take them far in life.
“Considering that our remote location is not to our advantage, I always remind the students that hard work in school and having faith in God is the way to go,” Mr Kotoinaqara said.
One cannot imagine that a school does exist at Wainilotulevu Village but it the fact that it does leaves much to be desired.
The school has a four-in-one photocopier machine which also has the facilities to fax, scan, and print out documents and Mr Kotoinaqara said their next step is to try and get computers for the students.
“In this day and age we need to keep our children up to date with technology so that they do not lack behind,” he said.
“We are trying to get a few computers at the school so the students can have a feel of it and keep up to par with technology.”
Mr Kotoinaqara said even though the school has only 17 students, the teachers do their best in educating students as what they teach the students in their early years at school will determine how they view the importance of education as they move on in life.
He added the early stages of education is important as this is the time that students need to know how important it is to excel academically.
Students who attend the school are from the two villages of Nasoqo and Wainilotulevu and students walk five minutes downhill from their villages to attend school every morning and walk uphill again after school.
Mr Kotoinaqara said life in the village is peaceful and the teachers get along well with villagers.
“I think this is important for teachers to have a good relationship with parents in order to ensure that students have a balanced performance in school as well as at home,” Mr Kotoinaqara said.



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