Fiji Government’s Free Education Grants To Begin

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Fiji Government’s Free Education Grants To Begin Almost 900 schools eligible for support will see funds by Jan. 10

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 1, 2014) – The eligible 898 Fijian schools who qualify for the free education grant will start receiving their allocation for the first school term from tomorrow.

Of these, 730 are primary schools and 168 are secondary schools.

Speaking to FijiLive, Education Ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal said by 10 January all schools would have received the grant.

"We will deposit the money into their respective schools’ accounts.

"So by 10 January all schools that qualify for the grant will have that allocation in their accounts to start the new school term."

The ministry reminds the heads of the 898 eligible schools they still need to submit their audited report for 2013 by 31 May to ensure they receive their allocations for Terms 2 and 3 on time.

Rural and remote schools that need assistance in the preparation of their audited financial reports are to inform their education districts. They will be provided with expertise to compile their reports.

Last month, the education ministry carried out financial management training for all schools heads throughout the country just to go over how the grant will be given out, the government's expectation with respect to proper usage of funds and the teachers' responsibility to ensure children do not miss out on the free education initiative offered by the Fijian government.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 schools, of eight primary and eight secondary schools, which are privately owned aren’t eligible for the grant.

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