DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 24/10/15 5:30PM

  1. PRIME MINISTER SENDS CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO CANADIAN COUNTERPART-Prime Minister Hon Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a congratulatory message to his newly elected Canadian counterpart Hon Justin Trudeau.
  1. YEAR 13 EXAMS BEGINS ON MONDAY-The examinations for Year 13 begins on Monday,26th of October.
  1. EDUCATION MINISTRY ANNOUNCES 2016 BUDGET –The Ministry of Education has announced that the year 2016 will see Capital Project grants allocated for teachers quarters.
  1. PRIME MINISTER SENDS CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO CANADIAN COUNTERPART

Prime Minister Hon Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a congratulatory message to his newly elected Canadian counterpart Hon Justin Trudeau.

In his congratulatory message the Prime Minister said the Fijian Government had followed the campaign with great interest particularly in the areas of Peacekeeping and Global Climate Change.

?On that note, Fiji wholeheartedly welcomes your commitment to increase Canada?s involvement in international peacekeeping and strengthening its efforts to tackle the cataclysmic effects of climate change,? PM Bainimarama said.

?Aside from these two global pressing issues, Fiji looks forward to strengthening its relations with Canada, in areas such as trade and investments, tourism, sports – particularly rugby, and people-to-people exchanges.?

The Prime Minister also used the opportunity to support the efforts to rejuvenate Fiji?s relations and bring Fiji closer to work with our Diaspora communities, who now call Canada home, yet still hold a soft spot for their motherland.

 

  1. YEAR 13 EXAMS BEGINS ON MONDAY

The examinations for Year 13 begins on Monday,26th of October.

The Honourable Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy is wishing all Year 13 students around the country the very best as they prepare to begin their exams on Monday.

“This year we have a total of 7,589 students writing the Year 13 examinations in a total of 161 Centre’s around the country, ” said Minister Reddy.

“I wish to thank all the teachers, parents ,guardians and stakeholders for the effort they have put in throughout the year in preparing the Year 13 students. There were challenges encountered but I am thankful to all stakeholders for their commitment and dedication to date. This is an important exam for these students as it will determine? their entry into higher education and employment opportunities.

“I wish to encourage all Year 13 students to do their best as they begin their exams on Monday. I also wish to remind parents and guardians to provide full support to their children in this important time. Children should also be reminded that irrespective of their achievement in this exam, there are always opportunities to secure a better future for them. The government has created various opportunities to ensure that? students find a pathway that will lead to a better future after secondary education.”

In summary , there are 650 students in Ba Tavua District, 301 in the Eastern Division,370 in Cakaudrove, 1396 in Lautoka, Nadi, Yasawa, 992 in Macuata Bua,364 in Nadroga Navosa, 240 in Ra,1265 in Nausori and 2011 in Suva which make up the total of 7589 students sitting this examination.

Beqa Yanuca Secondary School in the Suva Education District? and Ahmadiya Muslim Secondary School in Macuata are the two schools whose students will be undertaking this examination for the first time this year.

The first paper is Chemistry on Monday the 26th of October and the last paper is Physics on the 6th of November.

“I am again wishing all our Year 13 students nationwide a rewarding and fruitful examination in the coming two weeks,” said the Minister.

 

  1. EDUCATION MINISTRY ANNOUNCES 2016 BUDGET

The Ministry of Education has announced that the year 2016 will see Capital Project grants allocated for teachers quarters.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy while meeting the Bua and Seaqaqa Council of School Managers in the Northern Division today.=

Dr Reddy said it was sad to see that teachers especially married couples sharing quarters with other single teachers.

?There is no privacy in such cases and we have received this request from the school managers,? Dr Reddy said.

In the meeting, school managers for Ratu Luke Secondary School and Nabala Secondary requested the Ministry?s Support in completing the teachers quarters in their respective schools.

School Manager for Ratu Luke Secondary Setareki Matakicakau acknowledged the Minister’s quick response to their request.

?We are happy that we have had this meeting with the Minster, this meeting shows that government takes our concerns seriously.

?We are representing our children?s and teachers needs in different schools especially in rural areas like Bua,? Mr Matakicakau said.

Meanwhile the Hon. Minister Reddy has called on School Managers in the Northern Division to work together for the interest of the School children.

?We gather in such meetings for the interest of our children and not our own, our future generations are very important,? Dr Reddy said.

Dr Reddy? said previously? it was difficult for people to collect money for school constructions and give children basic education.

?Previous governments never kept an upkeep of school repairs in the rural and maritime areas, they are falling apart,? Dr Reddy said.

Dr Reddy said they have decided to take over the repair, maintenance and upkeep of the schools.

?We will provide more grants and the free education grant will be increased next year and it is not only for stationary but also for maintenance and repairs.

?We will provide additional capital grants for construction of quarters and classrooms and to ensure that the difference between rural and urban schools is removed,? Dr Reddy added.