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Students Grateful For Spot At Top Northern Boarding School

There were mixed emotions yesterday as boarding students of the northern Government-owned school, Labasa College, enrolled in the presence of their parents. For some who came from rural and maritime
17 Jan 2017 12:19
Students Grateful For Spot At Top Northern Boarding School
Hostel students of Labasa College gathered for enrollment in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Shratika Naidu

There were mixed emotions yesterday as boarding students of the northern Government-owned school, Labasa College, enrolled in the presence of their parents.

For some who came from rural and maritime schools, it was an exciting venture because they now have access to better educational facilities.

For others who left home for the first time to join boarding school, tears were shed as they bid farewell to their loved ones.

A number of students managed to get a spot to stay at the school’s hostel.

Among the enrolling students was Dipshika Prasad of Valelawa in Dreketi.

Dipshika, an aspiring doctor, said she was grateful for a placing at the prestigious school because she now had the opportunity to just walk a few minutes to her class.

Last year, she had to travel to school, located four kilometres away from home – that meant – a three-kilometre ride by Rural Service Licence (RSL) and then walk one kilometre.

“I want to become a doctor and I need to spend a lot of time studying than travelling,” the Year 11 student said.

Being the youngest of four, she said she wanted to follow on from the rest of her older siblings who attended the same school, had graduated with good results and were doing well in their respective careers.

Vinaina Dakura, 32, of Nakawaqa Village in Cakaudrove enrolled her daughter, Luisa Manavili at Labasa College because she learned that the accommodation cost was cheaper.

“I am a root crop farmer and I don’t earn enough money to support my two daughters,” Mrs Dakura said.

“That is why I took an extra effort to travel this far just to save some money and to keep my daughters in a safe place,” she said.

Mereoni Banokonoko, 33, of Nayagalevu Village in Macuata said she was thankful to the Government school for accepting her son, Joseva Rokovia.

“I am hoping that he will improve this year in this strictly supervised environment,” Mrs Banokonoko said.

Joseva, who will be in Year 10, is happy to continue studies at the school. He hopes to become an accountant one day.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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