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PM: New Teachers Quarters Will Help Bridge the Divide

A new teacher’s quarters was opened in Sawanikula in Naitasiri by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.
01 Nov 2019 10:00
PM: New Teachers Quarters Will Help Bridge the Divide
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students of Naboro Sawanikula Primary School during the opening of the teachers quarters on October 31, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

A new teacher’s quarters was opened in Sawanikula in Naitasiri by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.

This is the third quarters within a week, which was built from the Small Grants Scheme from the Office of the Prime Minister. Another two will be opened next week.

So far more than half a million dollars has been invested by the Government.

Mr Bainimarama said this was being done so teachers were enticed to take up teaching posts in rural and remote schools.

He said this had been one of the reasons why education standards were lacking.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama inside the new teachers quarters on October 31, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama inside the new teachers quarters on October 31, 2019.
Photo: DEPTFO News

“The best suited teachers found teaching opportunities in our remote areas unattractive or altogether unliveable; an unfortunate reality for the communities and students who needed them most,” he said.

“That’s exactly why my Government stepped in – to bridge this divide. But my commitment to uplifting the quality of education goes further than many new teachers’ quarters that are being built with funding either from the Ministry of Education or, like in Sawanikula, my Office’s Small Grant Scheme.”

Situated in the heart of Naitasiri, Sawanikula is almost three hours drive from Suva. There are four classrooms where two classes are mixed.

There are already six teachers quarters, the new one cost about $170,000, taking the tally to seven.

Mr Bainimarama highlighted that in the past the quality of construction of teachers’ quarters was substandard.

“Only our largest schools in urban areas are offering housing to their teaching staff, which actually widened inequality,” he said.

“To add to the problem, the remote teachers’ allowance was a fraction of where it stands today, meaning that there was little incentive for teachers to come to teach in communities like this one.”

The teachers’ quarters at Cautata and Buretu cost $145,000 each.

Souce: DEPTFO

Souce: DEPTFO

Edited by Percy Kean

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