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Nasik Swami
Saturday, November 24, 2012

THE Ministry of Education now has all resources to provide better education services to the highest level in Fiji.

This was revealed by Education Minister Filipe Bole after the 2013 National Budget announcement by the Prime Minister.

Mr Bole said the allocation of $268million, representing an increase of $12m over the previous allocation, was more than what he expected.

"All initiatives are contributing towards taking children to school and to the highest level. In fact, all the resources are now available to me," he said.

The minister said parents should not face difficulties or make excuses in sending their children to school.

Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji needs better educated workers who are internationally-competitive.

He said government's commitment to education begins from early childhood and remains firm right up to tertiary level.

More funds have also been allocated to develop kindergartens.

* $150,000 allocated to upgrade more kindergartens in Fiji's rural communities

* $100,000 to buy new equipment for kindergartens in rural communities

* Tertiary education $67million, which includes an additional $1m for maritime studies

* $24m for tertiary scholarships.

The Prime Minister also announced a major initiative to expand the nation's skill-base by providing for more trades people and creating more employment and business opportunities for young Fijians.