No power, no TV, no Walesi, says dad

Joeli Vakalologolau and his wife in Suva yesterday. Picture: NILAM KUMAR

JOELI Vakalologolau says his children will not be able to watch supplementary classes on Walesi because they have no electricity, no phone and no television set.

He said while he and wife were both employed, they earned very little and the money was used to feed their family.

Mr Vakalologolau lives with his family in a settlement outside Nausori.

“I don’t have electricity at home, I have no TV so no Walesi,” he said.

“During this school break, I sent my children to Lau to stay with my parents.”

He said obtaining a TV set or mobile phone would be impossible with the money they earned.

Mr Vakalologolau also said neither he nor his parents had any idea about the new education channel.

“I have printed copies of assignments from school and that’s what I have given to my daughter.”

Education Minister Rosy Akbar said yesterday 109,761 Fijian families had so far benefited from the Fijian Government’s Walesi subsidy scheme.

She said the free Walesi application (Android and iOS) had been downloaded more than 400,000 times.

“These facts, in conjunction with the fact that 93 per cent of the Fijian population is online, means that a large number of students should have access to our content,” Ms Akbar said.

“We also urge parents to get involved in their child’s education and encourage them to watch the channel.”

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