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Zero rate tax plan

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TEXTBOOKS and computers will be cheaper for full time students when One Fiji Party takes over the reins of the new, legitimate and democratic government.

According to the party's plans for education, it would implement a zero-rate tax on educational material including textbooks and computers for full-time students.

Party chairman and leader Filimoni Vosarogo said while free education was good, quality and progressive education was priceless.

"One Fiji Party envisions a Fiji with educational institutions delivering customised quality and progressive education that brings out the best in every child, and prepares them to compete on the global professional market," Mr Vosarogo said.

"You can expect a complete overhaul of the education system to raise the standard of education and really leave no child behind for life, when we take over."

The declining literary and numeracy rate at all levels of schooling as reported in the media, left much to be desired.

Asenaca Toga Batikara, a former schoolteacher and party candidate, said the education curricular failed to churn out the relevant qualifications needed to suit the job market.

Mrs Batikara, a specialist in remedial education, called for urgent changes to the existing apathetic approach of stakeholders, namely parents, communities and teachers.

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