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Temporary shelters

Litia Cava
Saturday, January 13, 2018

THE Education Ministry will provide an update in the next two weeks on the number of students who would continue to study in temporary shelters when the new academic year starts on Monday.

Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made these comments in response to a question that was raised during a press conference on Thursday on whether the ministry was aware of the number of students that would continue to study under temporary shelters.

"I don't think there are many schools with temporary shelters," he said.

"We intend to do so round about in the next two weeks as you know that we have the operations room in the Ministry of Economy, the Construction Implementation Unit (CIU) and will be actually again having a session there to tell people and get them off the spills to which schools have been completed and which ones haven't and how long will it take."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said last year Government was faced with the challenge of hiring construction companies to conduct works on the schools.

"We've had some situations where they will be completed within a month's time, some will take longer too as you know we have highlighted last year that we had some problems in terms of getting construction companies.

" Because there is a huge construction boom in Fiji some construction companies were tendering for work when we knew it was worth about a million dollars, they were tendering like $4 million we knew obviously we would not pay $4 million of work that's worth a million dollars so we had to call for retenders so those things had an impediment in respect of the timing but we can safely say that most of the schools actually are completed or very near to completion."

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