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Jul 17

New school for Falealupo

By Tupuola Terry Tavita

Education Minister, Hon. Mauiliu Magele Mauiliu cuts the ribbon to ofiicially open the newly Falealupo School Building

Falealupo village took delivery of their new school in the weekend thanks to continuing assistance from the Japanese government.

Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi described the opening of the new school as “the day this building also starts to get old.”

“Once school starts, students will start breaking windows and scribble on desks on the walls. That’s the nature of students. It’s up to the principal and staff to look after the school buildings and facilities. Make sure that they last.”

The Prime Minister added;

“The onus is now on teaching staff and parents to make sure that the children attend school and engaged in their studies. The village council also have to monitor whose kids are not coming to school and address these issues with parents concerned.”

Government presented the new school with rugby balls, a new flag and a wall clock.

“This clock is not only to make sure the students arrive to school early but also the principal and the teachers,” said the Prime Minister.

“The clock is not for you to take home.”

The eight-classroom school block was built at a cost of $321 million. The government of Japan – through the JICA programme – contributed $304 million and the balance, raised by the school committee.

The school committee also requested access to piped water from the Prime Minister.

According to committee chair Galumalemana Akerei Salesa, water had to be trucked from Salelologa (60 kilometers away) to mix the cement used in the construction of the new school.

“Piped water is only a couple of miles from here now. We really need water at this area of Falealupo.”

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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