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New Block For Valebasoga Students

Bainimarama lives up to his promise of assisstance   The Valebasoga Secondary School in Labasa now has a bigger and better classroom block, thanks to the assistance from the Prime
14 Jan 2016 09:33
New Block For Valebasoga  Students
From left: Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy, Hussein Khan, Hazeem Hussein, and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: Peni Drauna

Bainimarama lives up to his promise of assisstance

 

The Valebasoga Secondary School in Labasa now has a bigger and better classroom block, thanks to the assistance from the Prime Minister’s office.

The school was destroyed in fire in the 2008 but was reconstructed through Government’s assistance.

On Tuesday evening Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the new two-storey block to support the 110 students and dedicated teachers. The cost of this project was $160,000, funded through the Prime Minister’s office.

“The building has wiring to provide proper lighting and accommodate the electronics that are becoming essential to education, new desks, equipment and an environment that would help all students to learn better,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“This is what they deserve; we owe them and ourselves as a nation a proper place for learning.  And providing the right environment tells students and teachers alike that their fellow countrymen believe the work they are doing in the school is important.

“We have made good on our promise to replace the classrooms that were burned only a few years ago. Losing your school rooms was a tragedy for you but today, you have a school that is bigger, better and more modern.”

The new facility includes six classrooms, a staffroom, a main office and the promising facilities of 120 desks and chairs, 28 staff chairs, principal’s table and chair, a sofa set and staffroom tables.

He also reassured the nation that Government was investing in school facilities throughout the country.

“We want to have the best possible teachers throughout the country to inspire our children, better facilities for our children to learn in, and better equipment and other educational materials for our children,” he said.

“So we are supporting our teachers with training and incentives, we are working in partnership with the schools and communities to give them what they need, and we are working with experts to improve the curriculum and the resources available to our children and teachers.”

Principal Ahmed Mohammed Tawab said: “With the assistance provided by the Prime Minister’s Office we will definitely see a transition in the school roll and its current status. His presence speaks for itself.”

Background of the school

The school was established in 1991 with only three forms (Year Seven, Year Eight and Year Nine).

Since then it has grown and now offers education to the community till Year 13.

With the student roll last year achieved 81.8 per cent pass rate in the Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination and 87.5 per cent pass rate in Fiji Year 13 Certificate Examination.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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