No excuses for not sending children to school: Usamate

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in Taveuni. Picture: SUPPLIED

THERE should not be any excuses for not sending children to school as Government has assisted all families in Fiji through the free education system.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate reiterated this message while receiving reports from members of the community of Navakawau Village in Taveuni on Vanua Levu earlier this week on the number of children who had left school and were not willing to go back.

“It is both the social and legal responsibility of both parents and guardians to ensure that their children are given proper discipline and education as they have the right to both of these,” Mr Usamate said.

“Children need not to be burdened on the welfare of their families and must be in school during school hours.They must not engage in any child labour activities that deprive them of their development – children are for education and not for work.”

Mr Usamate urged all parents and guardians to ensure that children received proper education and training because they would have access to decent jobs, become successful entrepreneurs and good leaders later in life.

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