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$60m needed for schools upgrade

October 22, 2015 6:51 pm

Government has indicated it needs $60 million in ensuring all Fijian schools are on par in terms of infrastructure.

Education Minister, Mahendra Reddy, made the comments while meeting with school managers of schools in Yasawa, Nadi and Lautoka district.

The $60 million is to ensure that all schools have libraries, library books, and computer labs with computers, proper toilets, and solar energy.

Reddy says Government is looking at the figure in ensuring that all 900 schools around the country have the required infrastructure in place for a holistic education system.

He adds the maritime schools are in more need of facilities but Government wants to ensure the reforms being carried out ensure all schools are on par in terms of infrastructure.

The Minister’s comments follow a request by the manager of Yasawa High School who requested for assistance in solar panels for schools in the island as the costs for transporting fuel for the generator has been an expensive exercise.

Reddy says he was aware of the challenges faced by schools in the maritime zone and they were working on solving this issue.