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$660K Teachers’ Quarters Boost For Ballantine Memorial School

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the investment expressed the importance of teachers and their contribution to society.
30 Jun 2020 12:01
$660K Teachers’ Quarters Boost For Ballantine Memorial School
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Ballantine Memorial School Year 11 students, Meresaini Dakunivosa, Tui Suva, Sanaila Mudunavosa and school principal Miriama Nadegudegu after the opening of the school teacher’s quarters on June 29, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The $660,000 newly-refurbished Ballantine Memorial School teachers’ quarters will have a flow-on effect on teachers and the quality of education they provide.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the investment expressed the importance of teachers and their contribution to society.

Assistant Board Chairman of the School Fotu Kolinisau commended Government for its role.

During a talanoa session, he sought Government assistance for the refurbishment of the school kitchen and dining area for the 173 borders.

He said the building was old and run down and needed repairs.

Mr Kolinisau informed the Prime Minister that the school owed the Lami Town Council $39,000 in town rate arrears and $36,000 to the Fiji Water Authority for water bills from the past seven years.

Mr Kolinisau also requested the Ministry of Education if the free education grant for the upcoming term could be released to allow the school to prepare for the next term.

Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary (Primary/Secondary), Timoci Bure, said there were certain documents that should be provided to the ministry that would ensure the release of the grant.

“Schools are to send in their audited financial report, annual general meeting minutes and the principal needs to update the school roll before we release the grants,” Mr Bure said.

“The schools that are yet to receive theirs are because the requirements have not been met.

“I have spoken to the principal of the school and they can expect their grant by next week.”

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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