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Attendance an issue

Shayal Devi
Friday, January 31, 2014

SOME students were not in attendance when Education Minister Filipe Bole toured schools in the country over the past two weeks.

During his visit to schools in Lautoka on Wednesday, Mr Bole addressed the issue of attendance.

"Last week, we visited schools in the Suva and Nausori corridor and some schools were still waiting for students," he said.

"Some children were still in their villages and settlements and we urged teachers to hold meetings with community members to send the children to school."

Mr Bole said this was the second week of his visit to schools.

"I wanted to be assured all schools were operating well and teachers were in their classes teaching the children. We have seen this in the schools that we have visited.

"I think as we proceed, the main question will be the clarification of the school grants. We sent out the grants two weeks before school started and the permanent secretary has issued circular letter to all schools and committees on how much grant they will receive."

The minister said another area he addressed was the syllabus given to teachers by the ministry.

Mr Bole visited four schools in Lautoka, including Sunshine Special School.

School president Gyan Prasad said the minister had seen some of the latest developments at the school.

"A portion of the school had been damaged during Tropical Cyclone Evan and we are on course to rebuilding it," he said.

"We have also discussed with the minister plans to reintroduce vocational training."


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