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Schools Will Be Ready By December

The Minister for Education has confirmed that school partially damaged and completely destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston would be fixed by December. Mr Reddy said during the Education Forum that
04 Aug 2016 11:40
Schools Will Be Ready By December
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Minister for Education has confirmed that school partially damaged and completely destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston would be fixed by December.

Mr Reddy said during the Education Forum that Permanent Secretary Iowane Tiko and his team were busy ensuring that all the schools were ready on the given date.

494 schools have either been severely affected with 100 per cent damage or sustained minor damages.
“Statistically, this is almost 55 percent of schools affected and in dire need of infrastructural rehabilitation,” Mr Reddy said.

“By December this year, all the schools that were damaged will be ready.
“It is an enormous task and Mr Tiko is busy with his team.
“Also, he is ensuring that the European Union programme in providing water to dried areas is rolled out in a timely manner.”
The team is working closely with the Ministry of Finance and other Government agencies to see that the deadline is being met, he added.

Reddy reiterates Govt’s commitment

The unprecedented increase in financial resources devoted by Government to education demonstrates a deep commitment to the future of this country.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy reiterated this at the opening of the Education Forum in Labasa Civic Centre yesterday.

“On a whole, we are giving the Fijian education sector a major facelift so that we are on par with the global education standards,” Mr Reddy said.

“This is all being done in collaboration to strengthen access to quality education.

“The theme for this year’s education forum ‘Collaboration towards strengthening access to quality education’ is aptly chosen as we are stepping into an era where no party to education can work in isolation.”

Priority targets for dream education:

  • Quality : curriculum, services, infrastructure, human resources, assessments (100 per cent), machinery, capital resources, reporting and all other branches of Education;
  •   Accessibility: to all forms of education (academic, non-academic, lifelong learning, cultural, safety, values and any worthwhile learning);
  •  Equality and fairness: in all aspects (elimination of all forms of discrimination, segregation and prejudice);
  •  No child left behind: (inclusivity of special needs children); and
  •  Collaborative partnerships: with all stakeholders (inclusive of parents)

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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