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Misleading headlines by Fiji Times

January 19, 2018 12:48 am

The acting Permanent Secretary for Communications, Sharvada Sharma, has hit out at Fiji Times for misleading headlines.

The Fiji Times ran a story on Tuesday titled “Back to the Tents”.

In a letter addressed to the Fiji Times Editor Fred Wesley, Sharma has clarified that students at the Koronobu School in Ba are not schooling in tents.

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He says they are currently attending classes within four classrooms in a newly reconstructed classroom building.

Sharma says only the painting, tiling and installation of flashlights have yet to be completed in the building.

The acting PS says another story yesterday titled, “Tube Ride to School,” also deserves clarification, as the story was already outdated at the time it was published.

He says the boat in question has been repaired, and has been in full operation since Wednesday.

Sharma says there is some irony in the fact that, by focusing on false or outdated issues and sowing public confusion, the Fiji Times is creating the very disorder for parents and students that they inaccurately portray in their articles.

He says the Education Ministry will continue to address the real issues facing schools, and they encourage Fiji Times to follow suit.

Questions have been sent to Fred Wesley on the matter.

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