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‘Schools still using tents as classrooms’

The Opposition says some schools are still using tents as classrooms and awaiting assistance for rehabilitation, five months after tropical cyclone Winston caused severe damage throughout Fiji. In a statement, opposition member Hon Mikaele Leawere called for clarification on the numerous donations received towards the rehabilitation of schools. LEAWERE: “Despite all the assurances from Government, and […]

Salote Qalubau

July 26, 2016 11:25 am

The Opposition says some schools are still using tents as classrooms and awaiting assistance for rehabilitation, five months after tropical cyclone Winston caused severe damage throughout Fiji.

SODELPA parliamentarian Hon Mikaele Leawere. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
SODELPA parliamentarian Hon Mikaele Leawere. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire).

In a statement, opposition member Hon Mikaele Leawere called for clarification on the numerous donations received towards the rehabilitation of schools.

LEAWERE: “Despite all the assurances from Government, and the numerous donations and building resources by donors towards the rehabilitation of schools, progress has been very slow.”

Hon Leawere listed a few schools he said were awaiting assistance.

LEAWERE: “Nasau Primary, Ra High, Namuaniwaqa Village School are examples of schools in the Ra education district awaiting rehabilitation, schools in the eastern division Nakodu Mudu Primary, Loreto Primary School in Levuka, Nasau District and Koro High are still waiting to be assisted and the students are being taught intents, Naitavuni District School in Naitasiri, they are still waiting for assistance.”

He also called for transparency and accountability and that the Minister should provide details for public consumption.

LEAWERE: “Where is the money given by donors and other humanitarian organisations being channelled to? Whilst schools suffer and especially our children, the government has not stepped up its efforts in ensuring that classrooms are repaired and rebuilt quickly for quality teaching and learning to take place”.

Hon Leawere added that the Government should provide a list of schools that had been assisted including the costs and donor assistance,  together with a timeline to complete the construction of classrooms.

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