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Education ministry allocated $448.5m in budget

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts received an allocation of $448.5 million in the 2016-2017 Budget. In his budget address in Parliament tonight, Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government is continuing in repairing and rebuilding schools. SAYED-KHAIYUM: “In the 2016-2017 Budget, a total of $448.5 million is allocated to […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 22, 2016 10:05 pm

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts received an allocation of $448.5 million in the 2016-2017 Budget.

In his budget address in Parliament tonight, Attorney General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the government is continuing in repairing and rebuilding schools.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “In the 2016-2017 Budget, a total of $448.5 million is allocated to the Ministry of Education, Heritage & Arts. Of the total allocation, $424.9 million is allocated for operating expenditure while $20.1 million is for capital expenditure.”

He said that there is a budget allocation for an increase pay for early childhood education teachers.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “For this year madam speaker, there will be an increase of the early childhood education teachers to $3.5 million to cater for  for an increase in salary grant for early childhood education teachers who are currently paid in 3 categories based on qualifications. Degree will increase from $900 per term to $6,98 per annum, Diploma increase from $600 per term to $4,300 per annum and basic training increase from $400 per term to $3,225 per annum.”

An allocation of $200 million has been set aside for the free education programme and initiatives.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Government has provided $200 million towards the free tuition grant. This includes tuition free grant for Early Childhood Education (ECE) $2.1 million; Primary (Year 1 to Year 8) – $35 million; Secondary (Year 9 to Year 13)  $31.4 million; and TVET $1.3 million.”

Minister for Finance Sayed-Khaiyum said the Fiji National University has been allocated an additional capital grant of $6.5million.

SAYED-KHAIYUM:”This grant, Madam speaker would go towards the FNU Labasa Campus which would offer new opportunities for students in the Northern Division.”

“Madam speaker there is a World class pilot training institution planned for Nadi with Boeing, Airbus, FNU, FNPF and Fiji Airways. We will also introduce a new FNU graduate medical program. Which many students who have completed their diploma in pharmacy will want to cross credit their units. So we will be expecting more doctors and nurses.”

Minister Sayed-Khaiyum said thirty more scholarships will be handed out to high school graduates as part of the Toppers Scheme.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Thirty more scholarships will be available for high school students. This is an additional cost of $630,000.”

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