Students of Dilkusha High School in Nausori will now be able to study in a more conducive environment following the commissioning of their new exodus school block by the Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka today.
The new double-storey school block, which includes a library and technical drawing classroom, will be utilised by the Year 13 students.
The remaining classrooms are equipped with resources such as touch-screen whiteboards and new furniture.
Prime Minister Rabuka, in his official remarks, congratulated the school on its progress “since its humble beginnings of two in a roll of 76 students in 1996”.
Today, more than 500 students from Year 9 to Year 13 are enrolled in the high school.
“Students of Dilkusha have performed extremely well. You are among the top five achieving schools in the Nausori education district. Well done Dilkusha Secondary,” the Prime Minister said while congratulating the students and teachers.
“I want to extend my gratitude to the Principal, Mr Satyendra Singh and your teachers, and committee. You have certainly worked hard to live up to the name of your school, Dilkusha, which means ‘Happy Heart.’
“Your prayers, and hard work have certainly paid off. Your decision to open the school to anyone, from any faith or ethnicity, who seeks a place in secondary education would have no doubt richly blessed this institution of learning.”
The Head of the Coalition Government also took the opportunity to encourage the students to study hard and become successful in life.
“Keep your focus in God. Don’t worry if you’re going to be a school dropout, God has a plan for you,” he said.
“Also, do not be a poor-mannered academic and an irresponsible clever citizen of Fiji. Study hard and also focus on your goals.”
School Principal Mr Satyendra Singh sincerely thanked the Prime Minister for accepting their invitation to commission the new school block, adding his presence has certainly brought joy to the students and teachers.
He also thanked the Ministry of Education for its support to the school.
“The school is doing well and we’re optimistic that we will continue to do well in years to come.”