Transportation

Vutia District School receives new boat and engine

Twenty-nine students of Vutia District School in Rewa will no longer be facing transport issues when travelling to school. This was after the Minister for Education, Heritage, and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy donated a new boat, engine, chainsaw and school stationery to the school. The boat and engine worth $19,000 will be used for the transportation […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 15, 2016 7:58 am

Twenty-nine students of Vutia District School in Rewa will no longer be facing transport issues when travelling to school.

Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy with the Vutia District School Manageress Lanieta Tubuna and students at the handing over at Vutia District School in Vutia Village, Rewa yesterday.(DEFTO)
Minister for Education Dr. Mahendra Reddy with the Vutia District School Manageress Lanieta Tubuna and students at the handing over at Vutia District School in Vutia Village, Rewa yesterday. (DEPTFO)

This was after the Minister for Education, Heritage, and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy donated a new boat, engine, chainsaw and school stationery to the school.

The boat and engine worth $19,000 will be used for the transportation of 29 students from the villages of Tavuya and Vunuku to and from school.

Minister Reddy said providing the best services to the people in rural and maritime areas was a priority for the Government in terms of assisting those at grassroots level.

REDDY:”Everyone’s education dream, irrespective of where they come from, matters to us. Every parent’s dream of providing quality education for their children must come true. We will take care of all of you from early childhood to tertiary level.”

Vutia District School students after receiving a new boat and engine from the Ministry of Education yesterday. (DEPTFO)
Vutia District School students after receiving a new boat and engine from the Ministry of Education yesterday. (DEPTFO)

Minister Reddy said that more than $700 million allocated to the education sector in the 2016-2017 national budget was proof of Government’s commitment to ensuring access to quality education for everyone.

REDDY: “This government is all about taking education closer to people. Distance should not be an obstacle to accessing education. For long-term stability and prosperity of Fiji, we are required to invest in the education sector and we are here to treat everyone equally, whether you are in the urban areas, rural or maritime areas.”

Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy, Permanent Secretary Education Iowane Tiko and other officials at the handing over of a boat, engine, chainsaw and school stationery at the Vutia District School in Vutia Village, Rewa.(DEPTFO)
Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy, Permanent Secretary Education Iowane Tiko and other officials at the handing over of a boat, engine, chainsaw and school stationery at the Vutia District School in Vutia Village, Rewa.(DEPTFO)

Vutia District School Head Teacher Nimiroti Gumatua said the assistance held much significance for the people of Vutia.

GUMATUA:”It is an exciting day for our children. The minister visited us in February this year and provided us funds to construct an ablution block and a dining hall and now the boat, engine and stationery. All these are indicative of the ministry’s support towards our students.”

“Previously, there was a boat that transported our children to the school from Nuku Village. We hired the boat for $70 a week from the disabled people’s association but now that we have our own boat, it will be a great financial help to the school management.”

There are 112 students in Vutia District School.

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