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PM Wants Children Back In School

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visit and message to Koro Island speaks of starting over. Not out of the woods yet, but he has stressed that he wants schools to
29 Feb 2016 13:36
PM Wants Children Back In School
PM Voreqe Bainimarama with villagers of Sinuvaca in Koro Island. Photo: Aqela Susu

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visit and message to Koro Island speaks of starting over.

Not out of the woods yet, but he has stressed that he wants schools to start as early as possible.

In doing so, he has encouraged those who are still in schools which have been turned into evacuation centres to make use of the temporary sheds that are being set up.

His message is indicative of how Government is doing its best to see that every Fijian child gets equal access to education.

He highlighted this yesterday as he toured Nasau Village on Koro Island, one of the areas worst hit by Cyclone Winston on February 20.

“We can move somewhere else so we can vacate the classrooms for students to start school as I want the children to go back to school,” Mr Bainimarama stressed.

The Ministry of Education has issued a list of the schools that will be starting today. (See Pages 11, 12, 13, 14). Other schools will be opened gradually, and will be announced accordingly.

Mr Bainimarama has also encouraged villagers of Nasau in Koro to be proactive.

“Do not sit idle. Let’s not wait for the RFMF. They have been distributed evenly to areas affected by the cyclone. If they are late, we should start to do things on our own,” he said.

Close to 40 RFMF engineers are currently deployed on Nasau Village for clean-up and other relief efforts since last week.

He has also urged urban residents to be mindful of visiting cyclone-affected areas as many were already living on rations and in temporary shelters.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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