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Young Students To Live At Home

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday said Year One to Year Three students should live at home with their parents. “At such a young age, it is not good for
17 Jan 2015 12:54
Young Students To Live At Home
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the commissioning of the new classroom block at the Nasivikoso Village School in Magodro, Ba yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday said Year One to Year Three students should live at home with their parents.

“At such a young age, it is not good for children to be away from their parents and families.

“My Government is doing everything it can to address this problem, not only in Nasivikoso but across Fiji.

“Building more classrooms, especially for years one to three to prevent young children from having to live away from their parents; it is one of the chief priorities in our early childhood education reforms,” the Prime Minister.

Mr Bainimarama officially opened the Nasivikoso Village School extension in Navosa yesterday.

He said as a father and grandfather, he understood what a huge relief this must be.

In 2012, he said, the first 53 students from Years One to Three began classes at the school.

“In 2013, the school expanded to 63 students and then to 69 in 2014. Now, with the new buildings provided by my office and the Rustic Pathways Fiji volunteers, in 2015 the school will provide classes to 137 students, from Year One to Year Eight.”

He said his Government had always been willing to invest in the education of Fijian children.

He said he was more proud of Government’s free education programme than anything else they had done.

“But it’s also important for the community to play its part wherever it can and the fact that you have done so here has set a wonderful example to the rest of the country. I understand that community-organised fundraising raised $40,000, which is an incredible achievement,” he said.

“I thank the teachers of the Nasivikoso Village School for their efforts in improving the lives of our young people.”

He said before, the children from Nasivikoso Village had to attend Magodro District School in Bukuya, Ba, and Natutale Primary School in Wauosi, Navosa, either facing long walks or the prospect of living away from home as boarding students.

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