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Reddy Invites Private Sector: Help To Look After Rural Schools

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy has called upon the private sector to take over schools in the interior rural areas for the sake of upgrading infrastructure.
03 Apr 2017 10:40
Reddy Invites Private Sector: Help To Look After Rural Schools
From left:Divisional Education West Selomo Drokamaisau,Fiji Chef Association treasurer Shirley Lal,Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy,National Sales Manager Lawhill/Fiji Coffee Laite Cavalevu and Fiji Chef President Davendra Reddy

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy has called upon the private sector to take over schools in the interior rural areas for the sake of upgrading infrastructure.

Mr  Reddy made these comments before receiving a $15,000 cheque for the quality infrastructure of Home Economics studies from Fiji Chefs Association at the Rhumba Restaurant on Denarau Island on Saturday night.

Mr  Reddy said the Government over the past two and half years had rolled out a lot of money to provide quality infrastructure in the rural and maritime schools.

This was to ensure that children received education in quality education infrastructure and that parents did not have to send their children to selected schools which were known to have best infrastructure before.

“We need to ensure that every school is equivalent in infrastructure we want to see that schools in maritime and rural areas with same infrastructure,” Mr  Reddy said.

“Therefore, we are inviting for some private stakeholders to come and take over schools in the rural areas and say this is my school put your logo there and be proud of the school and ensure that that school has good quality infrastructure.”

As for the donation made by the Fiji Chefs Association, Mr Reddy thanked the Association in saying that it was not only contributing towards the uplifting of the education.

“This is giving us the privilege to lift the quality of infrastructure that is there for Home Economics studies in our school system,” he said.

Meanwhile, the president for the Fiji Chefs Association, Davendra Reddy, said: “money was generated in trust through the World Chefs without Borders, collected through other Associations in providing relief and assistance in the building, refurbishing, training culinary facilities with our local schools.”

He said the idea was to continue to develop and nourish the emerging chefs for the initiate and expose them on the Pacific and global platforms with the assistance of its partners and sponsors.

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