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Bainimarama To Push On With North Projects

Government wants to keep developing Taveuni and the North to end the decades of neglect by successive governments, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Mr Bainimarama made the remarks when he
14 Jan 2015 10:45
Bainimarama To Push On With North Projects
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), shakes hands with Reverend Maciu Gauna before opening the Niusawa Methodist High School girls’ hostel in Taveuni on Monday. Photo: DEPTFO News

Government wants to keep developing Taveuni and the North to end the decades of neglect by successive governments, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama made the remarks when he opened the Niusawa High School girls dormitory in Taveuni on Monday night.

“I just want to say to both the students and their parents how important it is for you to seize the opportunities that have been given to you by this Government to get a better education and a better chance to get on in life,” he said.

“Because there is now no reason for any Fijian child not to get a basic education and even go on to higher studies.

“As I’ve said before, I consider our education revolution the most important thing any government in Fiji has ever done. With the free schooling we introduced last year, even the poorest Fijian child now has an opportunity to reach for the stars, to fulfill their dreams through better access to learning.

“As you will have heard, we are expanding this opportunity by providing free textbooks in our schools this year. So we are again reducing the cost to ordinary Fijian families of providing their children with the best possible chance to get on in life.

“Obviously, when we do something this ambitious, there may be the odd delay or administrative error so I ask every Fijian to be understanding and patient as we deliver the roll-out of this initiative. But what it ultimately means is that any parent will only be responsible for paying for exercise books and uniforms.

“Think for a moment how much things have changed for the family budget in the past 12 months.

“In 2013, families had to scrape together school fees and a whole lot of other costs on top of the usual struggle to make ends meet.

“Now, my Government has lifted that burden from your shoulders and we are doing everything we can to lift it further.

“Never before has any Fijian child had a better chance to go to school and just as importantly, stay at school through to the end of high school. And never before has any Fijian young person had a better chance to go on to university or technical college because of our Toppers scheme for the brightest 600 students or our tertiary loans scheme for everyone else.

“We’re doing this not only for our young people but the future of our nation.”

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