Boats for all needy schools
21 schools with about 860 students in rural and maritime schools from Kadavu, Macuata, Lau, Qamea, Lomaiviti, Yasawa, Beqa, Malake Island, Rewa and Nadroga have been assisted
The Ministry of Education through an allocation of $285,000 in the National Budget 2016/2017 will be able to further assist students in rural and maritime areas get access to schools from their homes.
“This year till June 30th, we have assisted 21 schools with a boat and engine, therefore, assisting about 860 Primary and Secondary students in rural and maritime schools,” Minister of Education Mahendra Reddy said. “These included schools mostly in Kadavu, Macuata, Lau, Qamea, Lomaiviti, Yasawa, Beqa, Malake Island, Rewa and Nadroga.
“Through an allocation of $285,000 in our 2016-2017 budget, we will assist all the other schools which face difficulties in transportation of students.
“We will assist all schools which need a boat and engine for the transportation of students and teachers.” Mr Reddy said the schools needed to provide details of their specific needs for the ministry to provide the assistance. “We are requesting the schools to come to us and provide us details on their needs and we will ensure that all these schools receive a boat and engine by December, 2016,” said Mr Reddy. “Last Wednesday, we handed over a boat and engine to Vacalea District School in Kadavu. This week, we will deliver another boat to Vutia Village School, in Rewa,” Mr Reddy said. “Our priority is to ensure that we assist all the students and teachers to cross rivers, ease their problem of travelling from the mainland to an island and enable easier mode of transportation for the students travelling along the coast from their village to the school.” He said the ministry was concerned with the safety of the children and staff of the school and had also provided for them. “We are also very concerned about the safety aspect of our children and teachers, thus, we will provide life jacket, flares, almanac, torch, vmat, anchor, chain, rowlock, signalling mirror, shackle, rope, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, bailers and safety kit bags as well,” Mr Reddy said.
The allocation towards transport assistance to assist students from poor households reach their schools without any cost is great news for many parents and children, he said. “There has been an increase from $19 million to $20 million in this allocation,” Mr Reddy said. “We are not only assisting Primary and secondary school students but we are also providing bus fare vouchers to the Technical College students so that these students are also able to realise their dreams without any difficulties.”
Our priority is to ensure that we assist all the students and teachers to cross rivers, ease their problem of travelling from the mainland to an island and enable easier mode of transportation for the students travelling along the coast from their village to the school.
Minister for Education