Tailevu- Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon commissioned five new teachers’ quarters worth about $500,000 at Tailevu North College.
The Prime Minister said in his official address that no teacher should spend their days making long, difficult treks just to get to work.
“Your community has seen how unreliable that can be. On days with heavy rains, your teachers could find themselves stranded on the wrong side of floods affecting the Nausori and Korovou highways but reports or rain shouldn’t determine whether or not class at the Tailevu North College is in session,” he said.
“So, we’ve built these new quarters to give your teachers a home on this campus, making each of them full members of the Tailevu North College community. Across the country I’ve opened newly-built quarters like these to serve teachers who have dedicated their careers to serving Fijian children in our more rural and maritime regions.
“It is of vital national importance that we see students in these pockets of the country receive the same quality of education found in Fiji’s major urban areas and that’s why your Government is committed to seeing teachers in these regions be well-supported.
“I know education is usually seen as a long-term investment; something that pays off returns a generation on from now as young people grow up and apply their knowledge throughout their careers.
“But in opening new schools, upgrading new school buildings and seeing funding go towards free education, free textbooks and subsidised transportation to school, I can tell you- the pay-outs on these educational investments are immediate.”
With these new quarters open, the Prime Minister added that the teachers can now live in comfort.
“They can instantly support themselves, their families and their students better than ever before and when the rest of Fiji sees our students do well, it lifts the spirits of us all.
“It assures us that Fiji’s best days are still ahead, that our children will be equipped for the opportunities that will be there when the clouds of this global pandemic eventually do part.”
School principal Mr John Atalifo said most of their teachers travelled from as far as Suva and Nausori daily because they don’t have adequate facilities to house them near the school premises.
“We are indeed grateful to the Prime Minister and his Office for funding the construction of these quarters. We use to have issues with teachers arriving late to school daily but now, it has been resolved,” he said.
“This has come as a blessing for us and we are thankful to the Government for this tremendous assistance.”