In 1966, the then British Administration in the New Hebrides, opened a new secondary school that would later be known as the British Secondary School (BSS).
BSS was to provide better education for as many New Hebrideans as possible to reach university level, return and work and better their lives as well as serve their peoples throughout the colonized archipelago.
As years go by, the BSS produced an output of students who later became politicians, eventual parliamentarians, lawyers, doctors, pilots, civil engineers, accountants, diplomats, prime ministers, business entrepreneurs, Church leaders, women leaders and activists, teachers, ships captains, media professionals, and more.
Many influential government, Church and Civil Society Leaders and elites from all works of life in Vanuatu received their education here at BSS, then Malapoa College as it was renamed just before independence.
Malapoa College has remained the country’s top English secondary school, as referred to with largest intake of students each year.
By 1972, the first politicians began emerging in the then New Hebrides.
By 1975, New Hebridean university graduates began pouring back into the New Hebrides from regional and far away universities, confirming the fact that the colonized people at the time would soon be freed from the British and the French colonial powers, though the full realization of political freedom was somewhat still unclear in the minds of the New Hebrideans.
At this time, the BSS continued to produce more students who take up overseas scholarships, graduating from universities and filling in executive positions in the British National Services, the private sector and occupying leadership positions in Churches across the then New Hebrides.
It was then that young New Hebridean politicians emerged, forming pro-independent political party.
These new and young pro-independent political leaders knew they would bank on future human resources of the new nation, once they succeed in their pre-independent trail because of qualified human resources who were product of the British Secondary School (BSS).
In 1980, the New Hebrides gained her political independence from Britain and France and became the new Republic of Vanuatu. Many new national leaders in the first political and public administrations of the new Republic of Vanuatu were the product of the British Secondary School (BSS) that later renamed Malapoa College.
In 2018, 50 years later, Malapoa College celebrated its 50th anniversary as the new image of the college was taking place, through the Chinese Government Funding.
One of the former students of Malapoa College, has the following remarks to the Daily Post, when travelling past Malapoa College on Monday of this week.
“This is no longer Malapoa Collge. This is a new Vanuatu University. If not yet, but it will soon be,” he remarked.
Malapoa College Extension Project Aided by the People’s Republic of China is a large-scale, professional and functional comprehensive school project.
The project has improved the local cultural and educational environment and actively promoted the development of local cultural and educational undertakings.
At the request of Vanuatu Government, Chinese Government agreed to undertake this project, promoting the development of education for Vanuatu.
It is also the largest education project supported by the Chinese government in the South Pacific Area. The Malapoa College Extension Project Aided by the People’s Republic of China is located in the middle of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, on the original Malapoa school campus and covers an area of approximately 3.43 hectares.
The total construction area of the project is 12343.7m2. The project is including an administrative building, a walk-in student rest building, a library, an office building, teaching buildings (3 buildings, can accommodate 840 students), laboratory buildings (2 buildings), an outdoor corridor, a stormproof playground, a canteen, male and female dormitory buildings (2 buildings, can accommodate 384 students), a teacher dormitory, a equipment room, a total of 16 individual buildings.
The project formally commenced in June, 2016, and was completed in June, 2018 through joint efforts of both sides.
The Malapoa College Extension Project was handed to the Vanuatu Government yesterday.