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$541.5m boost

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, June 21, 2014

IN his 2014 National Budget announcement, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama allocated $541.5million towards the education sector.

This figure translated to about 19 per cent of the entire 2014 budget and for the first time in Fiji's history, education was made free for all Fijians.

"Education is the greatest investment a nation can make in its future, and we cannot shortchange our future. Everyone benefits when we fully commit to the education of our children," he said in his national speech last year.

He also said the budget would cater for "major initiatives in primary, secondary and tertiary education that will radically overhaul the manner in which we educate our people".

The education sector was truly given the largest share of government spending for this year as well as the largest share of additional allocations.

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