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PM Reaffirms National Budget’s Importance To Strengthening Families And Education

PM Reaffirms National Budget’s Importance To Strengthening Families And Education
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students during the opening of the 2018 Government Road Show in Nawairuku, Nalawa, Ra, on July 18, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
July 20
11:00 2018

Thanks to the 2018-2019 Na­tional Budget, Prime Min­ister Voreqe Bainimarama revealed that the Government aims to strengthen and empower Fijian families and is also investing more in educating Fijians.

“Our latest National Budget was passed in Parliament at the end of last week, the 2018-2019 Budget is de­fined by its bold recognition that the Fijian family is the most powerful tool,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The Prime Minister made this statement during his official ad­dress when opening the 2018 Gov­ernment Road Show that was held at Nawairuku, Nalawa, Ra, on Wednesday.

He said the budget was designed in every way to empower Fijian fami­lies to do what they do best.

“To love and care for our people, by doing so, families help build a better and more caring Fijian society and I believe that every effort we make to strengthen Fijian families, is an ef­fort to make our society safer, more compassionate and more capable of creating good Fijian citizens.

“The Budget supports and strengthens Fijian families by ex­panding maternity leave for moth­ers to 98 paid working days and es­tablishing paid paternity leave for the first time in our history, so that both parents can spend more time at home rearing their young chil­dren.”

He said this unprecedented move made by the Government granted parenthood assistance payments for every new-born welcomed by a family whose income is $30,000 and below. It gives five days of paid Fam­ily Care Leave for Fijians to tend to their loved ones when they require attention.

He said this was in addition to their continuing landmark policies of Government in educating young Fijians, with free primary and sec­ondary education, free textbooks and subsidised transportation to school, along with funding for ter­tiary assistance through TELS and scholarships.

“The scheme now also includes providing scholarships and tertiary assistance through TELS to civil servants, private sector employees and school teachers who want to up­grade their qualifications.

“And with these initiatives, our funding towards education crosses the billion-dollar threshold for the first time in history; a billion-dollar investment in our young people and in Fiji’s future,” he said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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