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More Help To Schools After Budget: Reddy

  The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, said more help to schools would be given after the announcement of the 2017 Budget. Mr Reddy made the comments when donating a
03 Jun 2016 10:21
More Help To Schools After Budget: Reddy
Davetalevu Primary School Manager Samuela Cama(left) with Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy during the handing over ceremony yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, said more help to schools would be given after the announcement of the 2017 Budget.

Mr Reddy made the comments when donating a fibreglass boat and a 40-horsepower Yamaha outboard engine to the management of Davetalevu Primary School in Nasoki, Moala, Lau, at Waisomo House, Suva, yesterday.

He said the safety of the students was foremost to all schools in the maritime zone and those in the interior who had to cross a river.

The school management he said should inform the ministry about this.

The Government, he said, was lifting education to another level.

Such help to these schools, he said, were long overdue because of negligence by past governments.

He said the manager of Davetalevu Primary School, Samuela Cama, had been bothering the ministry until he was told he was going to get what he was after.

“We need many Samuela as he was fighting something very genuine,” Mr Reddy said.

Mr Cama said he left Nasoki two months ago for the sole purpose of asking for a boat and an engine.

He said he was not going to return empty handed and thanked the minister for the donation.

The boat he said would help teachers and students to go to Naroi for medical treatment and other business.

Currently he said they had to buy engine fuel worth $75 to travel to Naroi Village.

To charter an outboard he said would cost $100.

He said the donation was like a mana falling from heaven to the people of Nasoki.

Mr Reddy said the donation included life jackets and other emergency equipments and the total cost was $19,300.

The boat, he said, would be operated by the school manager who had certificates from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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