Most of the government schools are in need of repairs - Radrodro

Most of the government schools are in need of repairs - Radrodro

By Mansi Chand
Monday 20/05/2024
Minister for Education Aseri Radrodro

Most of the government schools are in need of repairs, renovation and maintenance, and the Ministry of Education has allocated $1.8 million for upgrading government school facilities while $1 million is set aside to upgrade government school staff quarters.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Education, Aseri Radrodro while delivering his ministerial speech this morning in Parliament, where he also said that government schools’ upgrade and maintenance is unfortunately carried out in a ad-hoc way as opposed to the periodic maintenance that used to be undertaken by the Public Works Department in the past.

He says in PWD’s, days the school infrastructure was well kept, there was a standard colour code for all government schools infrastructure because the standards maintenance plan and it is something the coalition government values and embarks to bring back so the standard of education facilities in all government schools are restored.

Radrodro says they are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and have conducted assessments of all government school facilities as government must provide a conducive learning while the procurement work is expected to start soon.

He says it is critical that all government school must offer some standard form of academic and extra curricular activities and he is encouraging Head of Schools to provide exposure to the students and not to be restricted to the same traditional sports such as Rugby, Netball, Soccer and Athletics.

The Minister further says a constant concern has been raised that the new teachers joining the profession share the same salary level as with those teachers serving more than 15 years.

He adds that because of this many raised that the salary level compared to the workload is leading many teachers to resign and move to overseas.

Meanwhile, FijiFirst MP Hem Chand says the previous government gave priority to education and introduced free education grant regardless of the location and authority of the school however the the coalition government is only focusing on the government schools and overlooking non-government schools.

Chand says there are only 13 government schools out of 900 schools in Fiji.

He says FijiFirst government had never given piriority to only government schools.

Westpac
FEATURE NEWS
34-year-old Narayan and 27-year-old Wati still missing
34-year-old Ashneel Narayan and 27-year-old Vaciseva Wati are still missing from last week. Narayan was earlier reported missing at the Lami Polic...
1 hour ago
LATEST NEWS
Actor Donald Sutherland dies aged 88
Actor Donald Sutherland, star of films including The Hunger Games series, The Italian Job and Don't Look Now, has died at 88 after a long ...
2 hours ago

Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset funds $30,000 upgrade of Valelevu Health Centre
Services are expected to improve at the Valelevu Health Centre as the Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset has successfully completed its $30,000 ...
15 hours ago

Singer Timberlake’s tour tickets still on sale despite being arrested for drink and driving
One day after Justin Timberlake was arraigned on charges of driving while intoxicated, tickets remain on sale for his The Forget Tomorrow World ...
16 hours ago

$79 million in rate arrears owed to Municipal Councils
The Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance, and Parliament have been consistently questioning the unacceptable bulging rate arrears of $79 ...
16 hours ago

Catanasiga reminds Govt of debt level before approving pay rise
Fiji Council of Social Services Executive Director Vani Catanasiga has reminded the Government to get their act together and be mindful of the fact ...
16 hours ago



fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
yb
IN DEPTH
RFNS Puamau submergence on Fulaga Reef
No timeline has been given on how long the salvage operations for the RFNS Puamau will take as the Fiji Navy has started the de-fuelling process in Fulaga in a bid to safely salvage the vessel from the reef.
2 days ago

Crisis within FijiFirst relating to the termination of 17 MPs who voted for salary increases
A crisis has erupted within the FijiFirst party relating to the termination of 17 members of parliament who supported the government's motion to ...
7 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
9 days ago

TOP