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Party to review education assistance

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE Fiji Labour Party is looking at reviewing Fiji's current free education system to suit the needs of ordinary Fijians.

Party president Lavinia Padarath made the statement at the Chadwick Rd settlement in Nakasi on Friday night following queries from a party supporter if they would prioritise education should they go into power.

She said despite the current free education assistance by the government, parents were still feeling the pinch hence the party hoped to review and look at giving both the school and the parents share to buy their children's school accessories.

"We are also mindful that tertiary level education is very expensive — we want an educated society, but many couldn't complete because they can't afford to go to higher level education.

"We hope to review the cost of tertiary education and they need to come down and be made affordable to ordinary families," she said.

"This is an issue that covers a wider population range as it deals with children and parents and it needs to be looked into.

"Even though we were in government only for a certain time, we want to go further than free education and assist Fijian families in education," Mrs Padarath said.

Other major issues like housing assistance, transportation and the economy were also discussed at the party campaign meeting.

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