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Rural Schools A Priority: Education Minister

Schools in the rural areas will continue to be the Government’s top priority, says the Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy. While handing out fibre-glass boats for two Bua schools on
07 Dec 2016 11:00
Rural Schools A Priority: Education Minister
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy (second from the left) shake hands with the head teacher of Lekutu District School Foreqe Sau during the handing over of the boat at Nabowalu in Bua yesterday. Photo:SUPPLIED

Schools in the rural areas will continue to be the Government’s top priority, says the Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

While handing out fibre-glass boats for two Bua schools on Monday, Mr Reddy said rural and maritime schools were now the main focus of the current Government.

“The education policy that we are developing and have now developed, ensures that you are given first priority, because you need more than those in the urban areas,” Mr Reddy.

“This boats symbolises a journey to prosperity, this boat will take your children to prosperity.

“We can do much about those who have been victims of selective Government education policies in the past, but we can fix the policies so that no more children of the poor in interior and maritime zones.

“Today we are at your doorstep to tell you how committed we are and to tell you that you are no longer forgotten.”

Mr Reddy presented two boats to Naikavaki Primary School and Lekutu District School.

Lekutu Primary School Head teacher Maciu Kaulotukiono said the school was really grateful to the ministry for their support in easing their transportation problem.

“We have about 33 students travelling in by boat from Tavea Island,” Mr Kaulotukiono said.

“I am so happy that these students will not need to worry about their travelling for next academic year as we will be managing it.

“We are very thankful to the minister for not only providing the boat and the engine but also the life jackets and other tools which was much needed.”

The boat, engine, life jackets and tool kit for each school was worth $19,000.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 

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