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Govt Sets Focus on Schooling

JYOTI PRATIBHA LAUTOKA Education continues to be a major focus for the Bainimarama Government, says Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the comment while opening a new
19 Jul 2014 09:57

Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama meets with parents during the opening of Gandhi Bhawan Primary School new classroom block in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

JYOTI PRATIBHA
LAUTOKA

Education continues to be a major focus for the Bainimarama Government, says Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama.
He made the comment while opening a new classroom block at Gandhi Bhawan Primary School in Lautoka.
Mr Bainimarama reiterated his Government’s stance on ensuring every Fijian student has access to free education.
The $130,000 block was funded by the Shri Sanatan DharamRamayan Mandli and the school management.
Speaking at the opening, Mr Bainimarama said: “My Government has always been willing to invest in the education of Fijian children and as I’ve said before, I am more proud of our free schooling programme that anything else we have ever done.
“But it’s important for the community to play its part wherever it can and the fact that you have done so here, has set a wonderful example to the rest of the country.”
Mr Bainimarama said while this was not an occasion for party politics, he wanted people to be wary of politics of the old.
“There are certain politicians trying to stir up divisions in the country for their own political purposes. But I urge ordinary Fijians to reject that division and do whatever they can to keep our country unified and stable,” he said.
“I urge them to look to the future and not the past and decide for themselves what is best for them and their families.
“Because what’s important above all else is that this election lays the foundation for a better Fiji for our young people. And that we embrace the politics of hope that the future offers and not the politics of fear and division that has held our nation back.”
The school has a roll of 570 students.
“These children are not bound by the past or the old ways of thinking. They are the faces of the new Fiji – energetic, eager to learn, getting on with each other and looking towards the great future that awaits them as Fijians in the years ahead.
“I keep saying that there has never been a better time to be a Fijian child. I want you to think about the importance of caring for each other, of loving each other, and especially of taking care of other children who may not be as strong as you are.
“One of the most important things I keep saying is that in the new Fiji, we must make sure that no-one is left behind. It is up to the strong to protect the weak and the vulnerable – young and old – and that’s what I’d like you all to do,” he said.
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