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Managers Raise Issue Of Quarters

Minister says they will see that the teachers have a decent place to stay Managers of Seaqaqa Central College and Naikavaki College in Bua have urgently requested Minister of Education
26 Oct 2015 09:30
Managers Raise Issue Of Quarters
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Doctor Mahendra Reddy (sitting-fifth from the left) with the school managers gathered at Seaqaqa Central College outside Labasa Town on Saturday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Minister says they will see that the teachers have a decent place to stay

Managers of Seaqaqa Central College and Naikavaki College in Bua have urgently requested Minister of Education Mahendra Reddy to consider the extension of teachers’ quarters in their schools.

Mr Reddy held two separate meetings with schools managers last Saturday at Seaqaqa in Macuata and in Bua.

Mr Reddy, in replying to the requests by the North school managers, said the ministry would invest more in this area from next year.

“I understand that there is no place in interior areas for teachers to rent,” Dr Reddy said.

“This year we have given some money to schools for the extension of teachers’ quarters.

“I have taken note of your requests and we will invest more in these areas to help our teachers.

“We will see that the teachers have a decent place to stay,” he said.

Meanwhile Nabala Secondary School chairman Daniele Mainavalumai told Mr Reddy that eight teachers travelled daily from Labasa to the school because there was no space at the quarters.

“The distance from Labasa to the school one way is 32 kilometres,” he said.

“Currently, we have 10 teachers housed at the quarters but we also need assistance to construct a dining hall for the teachers.”

He said they had, under their own initiative, started building two teachers’ quarters that will look like a villa.

“We are doing this to provide a good environment so our teachers can feel at home,” he said.

Ratu Luke Secondary School, Wainunu, manager Setareki Mataigodicau requested the Minister for assistance to build two teachers’ quarters in Bua.

“We want to provide the best treatment for teachers compared to what they have now,” Mr Mataigodicau said.

“If teachers are not provided with the facilities they need it is impossible to expect them to give in their best when it comes to delivering quality education.”

And Navai Primary School manager Solomone Naqoli said teachers’ quarters were very important because they needed their own privacy also.

“There are some quarters where two or three married couples stay in one school quarters,” Mr Naqoli said.

“Some teachers find this arrangement very difficult,” he explained.

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