SODELPA MP, Ro Filipe Tuisawau says schools like Rewa District School and Burebasaga District School are struggling to carry out basic maintenance to toilets, windows and pathways while some schools are now buying their own furniture and looking for donations.
He stated this while tabling a motion to increase the free education grant for non-government primary schools by $5 million.
The current allocation is $35 million.
While speaking in the budget committee of supply, Ro Filipe says some primary schools do not have enough funds to carry out urgent repair works.
He adds Burebasaga District School and Nakelo District School grounds also need to be upgraded and maintained as they are being used for Skipper Cup and other competitions.
He says it is an extra burden on school committees.
Minister for Education, Premila Kumar says there is provision for virement if funds are left in any of the areas of allocation.
The motion was defeated.
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