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Reddy Calls for Gavoka Petition Withdrawal

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, has called on Opposition member Viliame Gavoka to immediately withdraw the petition he presented to Parliament last week. Minister Reddy’s call follows a meeting
13 Jul 2015 11:49
Reddy Calls for Gavoka Petition Withdrawal
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (left), met with the chairman of the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council, Ratu Aisea Waka Vosailagi, in Sigatoka last Saturday. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, has called on Opposition member Viliame Gavoka to immediately withdraw the petition he presented to Parliament last week.

Minister Reddy’s call follows a meeting with the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council chairman Ratu Aisea Waka Vosailagi last Saturday to clarify the issue of the conversion of the Nadroga Navosa High School into a technical college.

“I call on the Honourable Gavoka to immediately withdraw the petition and for Parliament to ensure the authenticity of the petition presented by Honourable Gavoka,” Mr Reddy said.

The Nadroga/ Navosa Provincial Council chairman, Ratu Aisea, in reiterating his support for the Ministry of Education, said the petition was uncalled for as all processes for the establishment of the technical college were followed through.

“We have full confidence in Government and the direction taken by the Ministry of Education in establishing this technical college which we believe will be very beneficial to our students,” Ratu Aisea said.

“Nadroga/Navosa also has among its students, dropouts and even youths and our province is tainted as a marijuana planting province. We are trying to change this as there are a lot of opportunities available for employment for our students through such (technical) colleges.”

Mr Reddy said the petition presented in Parliament created confusion as the provincial council and all stakeholders were consulted before discussions had progressed and the meeting with the provincial council on Saturday has clarified this.

He added that Cabinet would make a decision on the proposed memorandum of understanding before it is signed in the next few months.

The petition by Mr Gavoka was alleged to have been made on behalf of a few disgruntled parents who disagreed in converting the school to a technical college which would provide students and youths better formal education opportunities.

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