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PDP's manifesto to focus on right to education

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, May 04, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party, as part of its manifesto to be released next month, revealed it will develop comprehensive policies on education to ensure that every person has the right to education.

Party leader Felix Anthony, in his address to party members yesterday, said every person had the right to and can access modern, effective, relevant and quality education.

The former unionist said the party would consider the reintroduction of examinations in secondary schools such as the Fiji School Leaving Certificate.

"The party will ensure that as far as possible, education from early childhood to primary and secondary school are free and compulsory," Mr Anthony said.

"The party will also want to ensure that there is no discrimination against girls and children with special needs are mainstreamed.

"All tertiary education will be provided on a cost share basis with the student share to be paid back on finding work and reaching a reasonable income threshold after graduation."

Mr Anthony said in keeping with its principles and values, the party would develop a comprehensive social welfare policy to take care of all its senior citizens and others who were physically or intellectually challenged.

Mr Anthony added that while ethnicity continued to be an important source of identity for Fiji, the party respects the rights of all communities to preserve their unique cultural heritage.

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