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‘This Is Not A Party, It’s A Movement’

Reddy: Opposition are far behind. We have bolted and the entire Fiji is with us. Opposition Members of Parliament do not understand and still belong to the old culture, a
15 Nov 2016 11:00
‘This Is Not A Party, It’s A Movement’
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

Reddy: Opposition are far behind. We have bolted and the entire Fiji is with us.

Opposition Members of Parliament do not understand and still belong to the old culture, a Government Minister said yesterday.

These remarks were made by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy at the Nehru Day celebrations at Nehru Memorial Primary School.

He said the Bainimarama Government is investing heavily in education and this Government was different from others.

Referring to the Opposition parties, Mr Reddy said: “They believe they are doing things their own types, but we believe in responding to people’s needs.

“We have moved away from selective education policy to an education policy where we respond to the needs of everyone so that our children are on an equal footing.

“It is in this regard that we have started to heavily invest in schools out in the interior which have been neglected for so long,” he said.

He said it is unfortunate that the Opposition MPs have just risen up and have gotten a hang of what had been delivered over the last two years.

“They are far behind. We have bolted and the entire Fiji is with us.

“They have failed to realise that this is not a political party; it’s a movement.

“It’s a movement towards uniting Fijians and ensuring that everyone is on equal footing as far as growing and developing them. And we are doing that,” Mr Reddy said.

He stated the reforms are not understood by those in opposition.

“They are used to the old ways of doing things. They are used to the old culture.  And they just can’t give up on the old culture.”

He said the reforms cannot be done by people who are scared.

“Reforms are done by leaders who are bold and futuristic, who are continuously looking at shifting and pushing the benchmark.

“That is what this Government is about. We are about pushing the benchmarks. We continuously think that we can do much better for our children and that is the difference between us and them.

“No other Government has invested 25 per cent of its entire budget in the education sector, but our Government has given importance to education,” Mr Reddy said.

He said Government had done extremely well in ensuring to provide quality education.

“No one will be left behind in the Bainimarama Government to access education up to first degree in the university,” Mr Reddy said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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