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No Pay Cuts For Rural-based Teachers Who Arrive Late To School, Says PM

He was also asked if there could be a new set of teachers quarters built for teachers who were teaching at the Navunisea District School in Dawasamu
10 Jul 2020 11:01
No Pay Cuts For Rural-based Teachers Who Arrive Late To School, Says PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) and Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho (second from left) with officers and government officials at the opening of the new Dawasamu Police Post in Tailevu on July 9, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Teachers in rural areas who arrive late to school because of circumstances surrounding their travel will not have their salaries deducted, assured Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama was responding to a query during a talanoa session with villagers following the opening of the new Dawasamu Police Post in Tailevu.

He was also asked if there could be a new set of teachers quarters built for teachers who were teaching at the Navunisea District School in Dawasamu.

School head teacher, Tomasi Seru, said there were nine teachers but only five teachers quarters available.

Mr Seru highlighted that a teacher was currently living in a tool room which the school committee had constructed after TC Winston in 2016.

He said they had reconstructed the tool room to be a temporary home for a teacher.

“We believe that this government cares for all teachers and that it will provide us with our need for a teachers quarters,” Mr Seru said.

Divisional Education Officer, Praveen Nath, while responding to the question said there was a form available for the school head to fill in the Ministry of Education offices to apply for a building grant from the ministry.

Dawasamu Police Post

Mr Bainimarama said the newly-opened Police Post was built according to the new Fiji National Building Code that Government established after Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

“I am proud to say that we built this Police Post, on schedule and within budget. And what is most important, we built it back better and stronger,” he said.

He said it was important that the post was rebuilt because the community needed its Police.

“It needs its Police during normal times and especially during times of hardship,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We pray to God that we never have to endure what we endured with Winston, but we know that the Police will always be able to serve this community.”

He that the condition of the Police facilities was a reflection of the people as a society and of the values placed on work Police officers are tasked to do.

“We have defeated the coronavirus in Fiji because of the brave co-operation of the citizens of this country and because of the professional way our Police have done their duty to enforce the stay-at-home order, when it was in effect,” he added.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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