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Rebuilding Schools Top Priority: Reddy

Rehabilitation of schools as one of the priority areas of 2016-2017 budget is the key to rebuilding and restoring the essential services in the Education Sector says Minister for Education,
12 Jul 2016 08:07
Rebuilding Schools  Top Priority: Reddy
QVS School building slowly taking shape.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Rehabilitation of schools as one of the priority areas of 2016-2017 budget is the key to rebuilding and restoring the essential services in the Education Sector says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy.

Mr Reddy said that, “Our Government’s priority was to ensure the safety, wellbeing and the welfare of the child in all aspects of their lives. Through the assistance of the Government and the donors at large, we managed to achieve that short term target and now we are firmly working on the long term rehabilitation process.”

“The massive allocation of $142.6 million (includes $132 million under miscellaneous services) is for the rehabilitation works for the 495 schools affected.

“This amount is allocated for reconstruction and upgrading of existing schools, provision of school equipment and educational resources.”

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts is now taking a renewed initiative to oversee that in some schools where the buildings were old and worn out, they are replaced with solid modernised structures which serves the interests of the current stream of students.

“We are driving at top class computer facilities, upgraded libraries, fully equipped and safe Science labs, hygienic ablution blocks and well-ventilated blocks,” he said.

He thanked all those teachers, donors, groups and members of the community at large for working with them in ensuring our children are safe and continue with their educational aspirations.

“The resilience shown by the Fijian children is tremendous to say the least and we are rest assuring them that we will exhaust all avenues to propel their interests.”

Source: Ministry of Education

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