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Bus fares still a concern

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, April 28, 2014

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama assured the people of Bua Province that government will address issues concerning education in the province.

This is after parents in Bua told him they were still paying their children's bus fares despite government initiatives to pay the bus fares of all school children.

Speaking in the ITaukei language, Rear Admiral Bainimarama told those at a talanoa session in Nabouwalu last Friday he had noticed there was still a lot of issues concerning education in certain parts of the Northern Division.

"Dua na ka keitou mai raica tiko ni se so na i tubutubu e ra se sauma tikoga na vodovodo nei luvedra. (One thing that we noticed was that some parents were still paying for the children's bus fare)," he said.

"E dodonu me sa kua ni caka tiko qo baleta na neitou matanitu e sa solia na veivuke ni saumi vodovodo ni gone vuli mai vei na neitou Bus Fare Assistance program. (Parents should not be doing this because my government has provided assistance through our Bus Fare Assistance program)."

He said one of the reasons behind this was that some teachers were still holding on to the bus fare forms that needed to be handed over to the Ministry of Education.

"Keitou sa solia na i lavo vei iratou na tabacakacaka ni vuli e na vuku ni veivuke qo.

"Na ka keitou saga tiko me sa kua tale ni dua na i lavo e lako mai vei ira na i tubutubu ena vuku ni vuli nei luvedra (We have already given the funds to the Ministry for this assistance. Our aim is that parents should not have to fork out more money for their children's education.)"

Rear Admiral Bainimarama apologised to those parents that were still spending money on their childrens'bus fares and assured them that they would meet with the Ministry of Education to sort these issues.

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