Fijileaks: In the 515 page long 'Report of the Fiji Islands Education Commission/Panel, (right photo) the outcome of the initiative by Chaudhry's People's Coalition Government, are the details about Rabuka's record on education. The Report, on us since 2000 (courtesy of the Commission's secretary Jioji Kotobalavu) was completed on 18 May 2000. The next day, on 19 May 2000, George Speight seized the Chaudhry government, holding its Ministers and MPs hostage for the next 56 days. During the hostage crisis, Rabuka as chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, boasted that he was planning to march with the nationalists against many of Chaudhry government's policies. But Speight jumped the gun. Both Rabuka and Jai Ram Reddy (SVT-NFP Coalition) had been trounced in the 1999 election.
Under his racially discriminatory 1990 Constitution thousands of non i-Taukei students (excluding i-Taukei and Rotumans) were denied scholarships based on merit, for Rabuka was enforcing affirmative action program in education, which also spread to the National Bank of Fiji that finally collapsed costing taxpayers over $250million in losses. We will publish some of the extracts from the 'Education Commission Report'. Rabuka's two coups saw hundreds of
Indo-Fijian school teachers flee Fiji, impacting the education of all our
school children, and education system has not fully recovered from coup culture. The NFP's 'Ponga Professor' needs a lesson on Rabuka's CV (1987-2022)
'The People's Coalition Government shared the belief of those who, for many years, had consistently advocated a broad and all encompassing review of education in Fiji. To them and, in particular, their Minister for Education, Hon. Pratap Chand, must be given the full credit for establishing the Commission.'
Pratap Chand escaped being taken hostage during 2000 coup because he was on a visit to Australia