Government aims to construct schools that will last: PM
January 25, 2018 6:05 pm
Government is putting in the time and resources to construct schools that will last, to give our students schools they can count on through times of crisis says, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
Speaking at the opening of a new school block and a triplex teachers quarters at Vuanisaiki District School in Natewa, Bainimarama says 95 percent of schools destroyed by Cyclone Winston was originally constructed without any building plans in place, leaving our education in a vulnerable position.
He says that after TC Winston Struck, over 200 schools were badly damaged or destroyed entirely.
Bainimarama adds, the “quick fix” would have been to erect new schools built to the same poor standards as those that were wiped away by Winston.
However, he says the reality is, due to climate change, storms like Cyclone Winston are only going to become stronger and more frequent in the years ahead and that is why the government is dedicated to investing in high-quality school construction that is worthy of our students, teachers and communities.
The new classrooms and the triplex teachers’ quarters have been constructed out of materials that are built to withstand storms and cyclones.