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Seruiratu Praises Special Needs Students

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu was pleased with staff and students of Labasa School for Special Education. Many students recognised Mr Seruiratu
18 Jun 2016 10:38
Seruiratu Praises Special Needs Students
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu (middle) with the teachers and students of Labasa School for Special Education during his visit to Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu was pleased with staff and students of Labasa School for Special Education.

Many students recognised Mr Seruiratu since he was a former Commissioner Northern who often participated in their various functions as chief guest.

After the World Day to Combat Desertification celebration held at the school, Mr Seruiratu toured the vocational department witnessing students carrying out joinery work.

Labasa School for Special Education vocational teacher Suresh Chand told Mr Seruiratu that the department bought materials for students to work on general joinery items.

“Items such as tables, desk, wooden chairs, steel chairs, crutches and coffin box; we have been doing this since 1998 and over the years orders are just rolling in,” Mr Chand said.

Mr Seruiratu asked him which companies they supplied their items to.

Mr Chand said orders were received from certain organisation and the Labasa Hospital.

“We are preparing crutches for Labasa Hospital,” Mr Chand said.

“We have seven physical challenged students in the vocation department who are very dedicated and I am sure they would be capable enough in few years time to begin their own business.”

Mr Seruiratu thanked the teachers for supporting the students.

Later he went to the school vegetation area and along with the stakeholders and students planted 200 tomato seedlings and 200 eggplant seedlings.

The senior agriculture officer for Macuata Sujendra Prasad told Mr Seruiratu that the Ministry of Agriculture has always assisted the school by doing land preparation and supplying vegetable seedlings for the students to plant.

“The students then harvest and use it for school consumption and sometimes sell it,” Mr Prasad said.

“Every year the school provides us with the profit and loss record.

“This year we are going to assist three students from this school to establish a vegetable farm project in their area.”

The school has a roll of 78 students and 10 teachers.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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