It might be a rare visit to his former school but it certainly is one that will forever be remembered by the teachers and students of Bucalevu Secondary School in Taveuni.
Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka took time out yesterday to visit the school he once attended, and was briefed on its academic performance, extra-curricular activities and its general operations over the years.
School Principal Mr Vikash Karan said they were delighted to have their “own son” visited them, a former student who has not only brought so much pride to the school but also engraved Bucalevu Secondary School’s name in Fiji’s “history books”.
Mr Karan said Bucalevu might be a school in the rural maritime island in the North but it is one that has a rich history, having educated some prominent people in Fiji.
On the school’s academic performance, he informed the Prime Minister that they recorded 100 per cent pass rate in Year 12 last year, being one of the top performing schools on the island.
The school also broke a 25-year drought when they won the island zone competition last year.
Mr. Karan also took the opportunity to raise some issues and concerns, at the same time, highlighted some school needs to the Prime Minister.
The Head of the Coalition Government, while addressing the school, said he was glad to have returned to the school which has remained unchanged from his years of education in the 1950s.
The motto of Bucalevu Secondary School, Dare the Heights, continues to ring true to this day, as the school has produced two Presidents and one Prime Minister, elected twice to the role in Fiji.
Prime Minister Rabuka said, beside himself, the late Turaga Bale na Tui Cakau, Ratu Sir Penaia Kanatabatu Ganilau, and Turaga Tui Vuda, the late Ratu Josefa Uluivuda Iloilovatu, who were former Presidents of Fiji, spent their early education years at the school.
He also shared some fond memories and good times he had at the school with the teachers.
“It’s always good to be back and I am happy to be here this afternoon with you all.”