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Education Minister Explains Why School Grants Have Been Reduced

The reduction is understood to be a cost-cutting measure as the budget for the ministry has also decreased.
05 Oct 2019 12:30
Education Minister Explains Why School Grants Have Been Reduced
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar (seventh from left) with some teachers and heads of schools during World Teacher’s Day celebrations at the Fiji National University Natabua Campus in Lautoka on October 4, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar has confirmed there will be reductions in the free education grants given to schools.

However, she has assured stakeholders that parents will not have to pay any kind of fees to make up for the decrease in the school grants.

The reductions are expected to be between $8 and $18 per child.

It is understood that primary schools which were receiving $250 per student, will now receive $232. This is a reduction of $18.

For secondary schools which were receiving $375 per student, will now receive $367. This is a reduction of $8.

It is understood that the reduction in grants is a cost-cutting measure adopted by the ministry to prudently manage finances considering an overall reduction in its 2019-2020 National Budget.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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