CAPTION: Students of Nailili Primary School with the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama after the official opening of the new classroom. Photo: MINFO.
Government’s investment of $56,000 in the construction of two new classroom blocks for St Joseph Primary School in Rewa should be put to good use said the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.
The classroom blocks which were opened today by the head of government was funded by the PM’s Office and is located in the village of Naililili in the Rewa province.
“You must always be mindful of the educational needs of their children,” PM Bainimarama told parents and members of surrounding communities.
“The education of our children is not the sole responsibility of Government, your contribution as parents; members of the vanua; and even the roles that you play in the church is vital in enhancing the education of our children,” PM Bainimarama said.
The head of government also encouraged the Naililili villagers to work together to increase the school roll in years to come. “You should make use of this school to be a source of blessing to our children in the future,” PM Bainimarama said.
Highlighting Pillar 9 of the Peoples Charter for Change Peace and Progress “Making Fiji a Knowledge Based Society,” PM Bainimarama said that government remains committed to providing access to quality education for all.
To this end, government’s assistance in the education sector includes the free bus fare scheme, free text books and also grants provided for the renovation and general upkeep of schools.
Head teacher for St Joseph Primary School, Rusila Kubunavanua said that the opening of the new educational facilities was an overwhelming experience for her and the children of Naililili as this would mean new classrooms for class 7 and 8 students.
“I am pleased that finally the school can now boast of new classrooms for students in class seven and eight and I would like to thank government for the tremendous effort and commitment in ensuring that our school children’s needs are taken off.
The school has a roll of 210 students and caters for school children from villages such as Vutia, Nukutubu, Nabua, Nasilai and Lomanikoro.