“My presence here is not an accident, but God’s will, that is to bring higher education to your doorsteps” - Mahendra Reddy
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Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy, speaking in Dama, said renovation would start in December.
“My presence here is not an accident, but God’s will, that is to bring higher education to your doorsteps,” Mr Reddy said.
“Many people living in the interior fail to pursue their dreams because of the lack of income to send children to Viti Levu to further their studies, but you are so fortunate that a higher education institution is here at your doorstep.”
He expects the people of Dama to enjoy the full benefits of free education.
Replying to Mr Reddy in iTaukei, Buli Nawaca Ratu Senitiki Naoko expressed the gratitude of all the people of Dama District.
“This will benefit the people of Nawaca especially the youths who are staying in the village,” Ratu Senitiki said.
“My people are so fortunate and blessed to have their very own higher education institution in the village.”
The minister also took time out to visit neighbouring secondary schools, Bua College and Naikavaki College, that would benefit from the new institution. Source: Fiji Sun
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Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy has today cleared the air on the changes in the free bus fare scheme for students.
The Ministry issued a memo outlining changes to the scheme.
Dr. Reddy says government will pay the fare for the nearest school only.
He adds any child is eligible for the scheme as far as the combined parental income is less than 16 thousand $500.
“If they choose to go to another school then they will have to pay for themselves. If there is a nearest school whether its stage 1 or stage 2 we all fund it,” said Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy.
Dr Reddy says changes have been made to minimize the abuse of the bus vouchers by the students, schools as well as bus companies.
“We have also come up with color coding so that people don’t keep their unused tickets and use it or sell it to someone. We are developing and fine tuning the system continuously to fix the abuse that has been happening.” Source: Fiji TV One News