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4,484 school students still studying in tents after Winston

A total of four thousand four hundred eighty-four school students are still studying in tents post Cyclone Winston. This was revealed by the Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy while speaking during the 2016-17 National Budget debate in parliament this morning. Dr Reddy highlighted this figure after Opposition MP Aresi Radrodro said that eighty-five thousand […]

Peni Shute

July 5, 2016 12:40 pm

A total of four thousand four hundred eighty-four school students are still studying in tents post Cyclone Winston.

Source: Ministry of Education Fiji / Facebook.
(Ministry of Education Fiji)

This was revealed by the Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy while speaking during the 2016-17 National Budget debate in parliament this morning.

Dr Reddy highlighted this figure after Opposition MP Aresi Radrodro said that eighty-five thousand students were still studying in tents after TC Winston.

REDDY: “There was false remark given by Aseri Radrodro in the last parliament sitting, Madam speaker. He said there are 85,000 students that are still learning in tents…which is incorrect. There are only 4,484 students studying in tents.”

The Education Minister said that the following number of students in various parts of Fiji were still studying in tents:

  • Ba and Tavua – 1,192
  • Ra district – 1,108
  • Eastern Division – 906
  • Nausori – 514
  • Cakaudrove district – 345
  • Yasawa and Lautoka – 335
  • Macuata and Bua – 72
  • Nadroga and Navosa – 12
Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy at South Taveuni Primary School post-TC Winston. The picture was taken on 16th March 2016. (MOE)
Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy at South Taveuni Primary School post-TC Winston. The picture was taken on 16th March 2016. (MOE)

Dr Reddy said that the Fijian government has $132 million to ensure the reconstruction of schools that have been damaged by TC Winston.

REDDY: “There is $1million allocated for maintenance work that was affected during TC Winston. Madam speaker, the opposition side say that we have not given any assistance to Kadavu and which is false Madam Speaker…a total value of assistance we have given to Kadavu schools is $559,000.”

The Education minister said that an extra $10million will also help the reconstruction of:

  • 43 primary schools boarding facilities
  • 7 high schools boarding facilities
  • 95 Early Childhood Education Centres
  • 9 non-government secondary schools
  • 64 non-government primary schools

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