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Bala: Children’s Rights Can’t Be Denied

  Minister for Local Government, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala says as a nation we can’t afford to deny our children their right to a free and fair education. He
09 Jun 2018 10:00
Bala: Children’s Rights Can’t Be Denied
Minister for Local Government , Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala with students of Malamala Public School in Nadi on June 8, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

 

Minister for Local Government, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala says as a nation we can’t afford to deny our children their right to a free and fair education.

He made the comment while officially opening projects at Malamala Public School in Nadi yesterday.

“Our children have the right to access free and fair universal education. It should not be denied to them and for that to happen we need to look at all aspects of education in our nation,” he said.

Mr Bala officially opened upgraded school facilities, including new classrooms and a school gate, as well as clean water supply through taps.

Government, Mr Bala added, made education accessible to all spheres of our society from free education, transport and even tertiary scholarships that would enable children to live their dreams.

“I am pleading with people to take advantage of all the Government initiatives on education and it is important that we make basic education accessible to the grassroots level,” he said.

“Most our rural schools have produced some of the nation’s prominent and successful leaders. I want to thank Malamala Public School for the sacrifices it made to nurture leaders in their school system.”

School head teacher Kamlesh Sharma said it was an occasion that would go down in the school’s history.

“Ever since the school was established decades ago they have been sourcing water from boreholes and rainwater stored in tanks. But it is through the FijiFirst Government that our prayers of accessing clean water source have been heard,” he said.

“We want to thank Government for its assistance in fixing this problem for us. Now our children will have access to clean drinking water and it will be sufficient to cater for our school in the long run.”

The school has a roll of more than 170 children located about 25 kilometres from Nadi. It caters for children from nearby sugarcane farming communities and villages.

Mr Sharma said because of the number of students enrolling at their school every year the school management decided to build another new classroom.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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