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A chief, who unsuccessfully offered past governments land for school development, yesterday piled praise on the Bainimarama Government for improving rural lives and education. Magodro, Ba, chief Ratu Simione Navutevute said
29 Jan 2016 12:17
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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with villagers of Nasivikoso in Magodro, Ba, yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A chief, who unsuccessfully offered past governments land for school development, yesterday piled praise on the Bainimarama Government for improving rural lives and education.

Magodro, Ba, chief Ratu Simione Navutevute said his offer of land to upgrade Magodro District School to a junior high school was not considered by past governments.

He revealed this as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s entourage visited the school.

Ratu Simione said he was impressed with the way the Bainimarama Government responded to the needs of people in rural areas, especially for education around the country.

The chief’s wish materialised yesterday when Mr Bainimarama revealed that the school would become a junior high school from next year to include Year 9 and Year 10.

“This will benefit the people of Magodro in terms of education,” Ratu Simione said.

“This is all what a government should be doing and the Bainimarama Government has been keeping up with the pace.

“He is leading by example with the right attitude to serve the people. For us up here, this is what we want. Education is what all we need and the move for the upgrade is timely.

“I had even proposed this to the Ratu Mara government back then, but no one took notice. I even offered land to be used in this project, but was taken lightly,” he said.

Children from the villages of Bukuya, Nadevo, Navaga, Tabalei, Tabuquto, and Nasivikoso would benefit.

The PM said: “From here we have to increase the capacity of the school in terms of buildings.

“This is done to accommodate students rather than letting them go far a way to get their education.

“It should be at their doorsteps first for Year 9 and Year 10 and they go further to schools such as RKS, QVS or Natabua to complete their education.”

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy said rural schools were neglected by past governments.

“Previous governments did not take education in the remote places seriously,” Mr Reddy told the Prime Minister at Nasivikoso District School.

“They concentrated too much on urban schools and we have to change things, because we cannot work in this manner anymore.”

Meanwhile, the PM continues his West tour today.

 

 



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