Education

38 maritime schools provided with boats and outboard motors

A total of thirty-eight schools in the remote and maritime zones have been provided transport assistance by the Ministry of Education. Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy revealed this when responding to government MP Alex O’Connor in parliament this morning. REDDY: “Through this initiative we were able to assist 1750 primary and secondary students in […]

Peni Shute

May 30, 2016 12:54 pm

A total of thirty-eight schools in the remote and maritime zones have been provided transport assistance by the Ministry of Education.

Education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy. (Mailife).
Education Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy.

Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy revealed this when responding to government MP Alex O’Connor in parliament this morning.

REDDY: “Through this initiative we were able to assist 1750 primary and secondary students in remote and maritime zone, to assist students to get to school on a daily basis. What we provide is a 23 feet fibre-glass boat and 40 horsepower Yamaha engine to power the boat.”

The Education minister said that in 2015 a total of twenty-one schools were assisted, and an additional seventeen were assisted this year.

REDDY: “The boats have assisted students and teachers to cross rivers, ease the problem of traveling from the island to the mainland, enable students traveling along the coast from their village to the schools and return.”

Dr. Reddy said the boats are also used for transporting hostel students to their homes for weekends, transporting ration and taking students to health centres.

Meanwhile, Opposition MP Hon. Salote Radrodro in a supplementary question said for the Education Minister to undertake another survey after the recent Tropical Cyclone Winston.

RADRODRO: “Can I request, to undertake another survey after Tropical Cyclone Winston, some of the boats and engines may have been damaged.”

Schools in Kadavu, Lau, Cakaudrove, Lomaiviti, Yasawa, Beqa, Malake, Labasa, Nadroga are part of the Ministry of Education’s initiative. 

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