While some people have raised concern about this issue, Doctor Reddy says that if people do not want to send their children in their zone then the ministry would have to close the school in their area.
Doctor Reddy says there are exceptions when the school is not offering particular subjects.
Doctor Reddy says the zoning policy means students must enroll and attend the school in their zones.
He says that zoning will ensure that all schools are adequately inhabited and there will be no overcrowding in schools as free choices in school enrolments will be restricted.
The Education Minister says this will further lead to the improvement of quality performance by all schools.
He says that there are exceptional cases which are given due consideration. Some of these situations can be preferences to take up vernacular subjects, for example, Hindi studies, Na Vosa Vaka Viti, Urdu which may not be offered by all schools, preferences for certain subject combinations which may not be available in the nearest school and attending religious studies at faith based schools hence attending schools outside the zone.
Doctor Reddy says students already in a school outside a zone may continue at the same school.
The Minister says that people need to understand that this is not a blanket policy for all as there are extracts of the policy which cover the range of concerns that people have.
He says those that are not understanding the policy must not create undue confusion but seek audience with the Education Ministry. Source: Fijivillage News