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A-G Pleased With Student Response in Budget Talks

Attorney-General and Minister for the Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday he was happy with the student response in the schools Budget consultations. He said it was very encouraging to see
12 Apr 2017 11:00
A-G Pleased With Student  Response in Budget Talks
Attorney-General and Minister for the Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at Vunimono, Nausori, on April 11, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

Attorney-General and Minister for the Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday he was happy with the student response in the schools Budget consultations.

He said it was very encouraging to see the level of engagement from students.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the ministry created an enabling environment for students to speak out on issues.

He made the remarks at the end of the Vunimono consultations in Nausori for schools in Nasinu, Naitasiri, Tailevu, Rewa and students from schools as far as Queen Victoria. It was the third school consultations which started at Vashist Muni College in Navua, followed by the second at Suva Grammar School for all the Suva schools.

There were similar issues raised in all three venues and they included Toppers Scholarship scheme and Tels.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said now there was the “need for us to address those issues.”

He told the consultations that the ministry would respond to all those students who asked questions.

Two of the furthest schools  which attended were Queen Victoria School from Matavatucou, Tailevu, and Naitasiri Secondary School near Vunidawa.

QVS Year 12 student Ovini Navukitu said the consultations had “cleared all the doubts and questions I had.”

“I have learned that this Government caters for all the people including the poor.”

Meiva Dolodolotawake, a Year 13 student of Naitasiri Secondary School, said: “I am happy we were given this opportunity to raise issues that affect us.

“We had only dreamed about it. But it has become a reality. Our eyes are now open and we have learned a lot from this experience. It’s all empowering and we are glad we attended.”

The two were echoing the sentiments  of other students.

He appealed to the students not to throw rubbish indiscriminately. He said if they had pride in their country they would keep the environment clean. He said we should be patriotic not only about rugby but in all things we did.

He said a visiting academic told him that everything was beautiful except one thing, we were dirty.

He said we should change the old mindset in that we did the best in everything we did.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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