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Modern Gear Equips Lekutu Secondary

‘The school is now equipped with a modern education facility that is built to cyclone-resistant standards and fully solar powered, allowing teachers and students reliable connectivity.’
12 Aug 2022 16:14
Modern Gear Equips Lekutu Secondary
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with teachers and students of Lekutu Secondary School in Bua on August 11, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama official opened yesterday Lekutu Secondary School’s half a million dollar facility yesterday.

The modern structure with cyclone-resistant standards cater for children from 13 communities of Lekutu District including the maritime islanders of Yaqaga, Tavea and nearby settlements in Bua.

The six classrooms which will have access to solar power were built by personnel from the Australia, New Zealand, France and Fiji defence forces.

“It was the first time that an entire contingent was deployed to work on a project in the history of Fiji,” Mr. Bainimarama said.

“The international efforts that have gone into reviving this school demonstrate how much your Government values your education and the principles that guide us as we continue to build a brighter, more equal future for all Fijians.”

 

He emphasized that his Government was not satisfied with being the first to provide free, compulsory education for every child.

It has always emphasized that every Fijian student must have access to an equally high standard of learning, no matter where they live.

The school is now equipped with a modern education facility that is built to cyclone-resistant standards and fully solar powered, allowing teachers and students reliable connectivity.

“I am told there are plans in the pipeline for further upgrades of the dining hall and kitchen, students dormitories, teachers’ quarters, staff quarters, admin and restroom blocks,” he said.

“These are high standards our children deserve. Facilities that enable every student to grow to their fullest potential, preparing them to valuable Fijian and global citizens.”

He reminded students, teachers and guardians that their Government believes that education was the greatest investment they can make in our future.

“To everyone in the communities nearby, please support your children and their ambition in life,” he said.

“Education happens at home as much as it happens in classrooms.

 

“Providing your children with good examples and values will ensure that they have a better life and it will make life a better place to live in for generations to come,” he added.

Lekutu Secondary School principal Suresh Sharma said there were 230 students from Year Nine to 13.

He thanked the Government for its immense support. School manager Ovini Baleinamau was in tears when he saw Mr Bainimarama open the classrooms.

“I am emotional like other villagers of Lekutu because we saw the destruction left behind Tropical Cyclone Yasa,” Mr Baleinamau said.

“Many lost hope when their houses, crops and farms were destroyed along with school thinking how the future of their children will be like.”

He thanked Mr. Bainimarama for fulfilling his promise to rebuild the school.

 

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