EDUCATION Minister Filipe Bole says the most important basic change in the country's new Constitution is the inclusion of provisions for education.
Speaking at the opening of the Fiji Head Teachers Association conference at Ratu Iloilovatu House in Viseisei, Vuda on Thursday, he said the change made education a constitutional right of all Fijians and made education a legal responsibility of the State.
Mr Bole quoted from section 31 of the Constitution that states "every person has the right to early childhood education, primary and secondary education and further education".
"The State must take reasonable measures within its available resources to achieve the progressive realisation of the right to free early childhood, primary, secondary and further education," he said.
"Education for persons who were unable to complete their primary and secondary education.
"Conversational and contemporary iTaukei and Fiji Hindi languages shall be taught as compulsory subjects in all primary schools.
"The State may direct any educational institution to teach subjects pertaining to health, civic education and issues of national interest, and any educational institution must comply with any such directions made by the State.
"In applying any right under this section, if the State claims that it does not have the resources to implement the right, it is the responsibility of the State to show that the resources are not available."