Deeds not words
Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
The NFP and SODELPA have again attacked the Ministry of Education allocation from our inspiring and realistic 2016-17 National Budget; our nation’s pearl farm is our education system and its policies and it has to be. If one was to look back post Independence, Sitiveni Rabuka’s SVT reigned for 12 years [1987-1999] FLP’s Mahendra Chaudhry one year [1999-2000], SDL’s Laisenia Qarase five years [2001-2006] NFP’s Tupou Draunidalo opposition [indecisive] SODELPA’s Ro Teimumu four years in opposition [2014-2018] and all this holistically equates to a total 22 years of wasted time in the wilderness with a racist divisive leadership, corrupt discriminating politics and policies together with their lack of political will to make the necessary Ministry of Educational inclusive policies changes that should have been beneficial to all Fijian children since. In his 1987 coup, Rabuka single handedly destroyed what his predecessors had achieved post independence from which it took the country back some 50 years. But can Ro Teimumu, Biman Prasad and now SODELPA party leader Sitiveni Rabuka explain why their past governments had never seen fit to implement MP Bill Gavoka’s suggestion during their term the $110m free tuition for USP, FNU, UOF and technical colleges then?
It is exactly 46 years to date post Independence and the FijiFirst Voreqe Bainimarama Government have for the first time in our history post 2014 election implemented the free milk and Weet-Bix, free bus fares and textbooks, free education policy from kindergarten through primary school until Year 13, TSLB for any student wishing to further his or her education including technical colleges plus the 630 Toppers Scholarship. Now is it possible, can the NFP and SODELPA party kindly account for some evidence of their achievements implemented from your respective party manifestos post 2014 election and not something your lot have aimlessly hoped for, and verbally stood for but have yet to materialise; “Deeds but not Words.” Your very little supporters left need to know.
Newly elected SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka.