Education

Fijian meets UN standards

Fiji is one of the first governments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region to meet the standards set by the United Nations (UN) in the provision of better access to education. Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said the benchmark by the United Nations under UNESCO required governments to allocate 14 percent of their annual budget to […]

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January 11, 2016 12:28 pm

Fiji is one of the first governments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region to meet the standards set by the United Nations (UN) in the provision of better access to education.

Members of the public at the Education Reforms public consultation in Nadi last week. Photo: DEPTFO
Members of the public at the Education Reforms public consultation in Nadi last week. Photo: DEPTFO

Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said the benchmark by the United Nations under UNESCO required governments to allocate 14 percent of their annual budget to the education sector.

“Fiji currently spends around 15 per cent of its budget on the education sector which is above the level set by the UN and this is not just for 2016, the Government has been doing this for the past couple of years,” said Reddy.

“This is the level of commitment that the Fijian Government places on the importance of education.”

“Government has also opened telecentres in rural areas, bridging the digital divide for students and all Fijians,” he said.

“We have distributed 5000 tablets to rural and maritime schools so students there are also able to improve in digital literacy.”

Reddy said that schemes such as free bus fares, free textbooks, free tuition fee, provision of milk and cereals, transportation was testimony of Government’s vision for building a well-informed society.

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