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$1.8M Boost For Levuka Public School

Mr Bainiamarama said his Government made a commitment to guarantee free education, free textbooks and subsidised transportation to school for Fijian students.
15 Jul 2020 12:22
$1.8M Boost For Levuka Public School
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the boarders of Levuka Public School after the commissioning of the new Levuka Public School Boys Hostel on July 14, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

There will be no more living in makeshift buildings for boarders at Levuka Public High School on Ovalau.

This follows the opening of a $1.8 million upgrade, renovation, rebuilding project by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainiamarama yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama is on his official tour of the island, which ends today.

The dormitory was damaged by a fire in 2012 where timber structure had to be demolished and rebuilt using concrete block.

“We are doing more than dedicating a building. We are celebrating the last chapter in Levuka Public High School’s physical modernisation. With the completion of the Boys’ Hostel, we have completed the renovation of Levuka Public High School,” he said.

Levuka Public School hostel boys inside their new dormitory on  July 14, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Levuka Public School hostel boys inside their new dormitory on July 14, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Mr Bainimarama said the dormitories were critical to education in Fiji because it was the only way to guarantee an education to students who lived far from their schools.

He said his Government made a commitment to guarantee free education, free textbooks and subsidised transportation to school for Fijian students.

Levuka Public School senior students perform the traditional welcome for the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on July 14, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Levuka Public School senior students perform the traditional welcome for the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on July 14, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

“Not all students need to live at school, but we cannot have equal education for all students if we do not provide that option for those who do need it,” he said.

Two boats with engines were also given by Mr Bainimarama to serve the people of Ovalau and the other islands of Lomaiviti.

Two young entrepreneurs and a youth organisation in the Levuka community were also recognised.

Isireli Saro of Nukutocia Village on the Island of Ovalau and Tevita Vunileba of Mudu Village on Koro were given recognition as young entrepreneurs while the Lovu Youth Club was an outstanding youth organisation.

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama was accorded a full traditional ceremony presented by senior students of Levuka Public School.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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