Education Minister: Schools To Start Receiving Grants Tomorrow

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‘Education one of governments main priorities’

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, February 8, 2015) – Schools around the country should start receiving the $15 million [US$7,330,000] education grant for the first term from tomorrow, says Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy.

Confirming this to FijiLive, Dr Reddy said they have received the funds from the Finance Ministry and are currently in the processing stage.

"We have received the funds from the Ministry of Finance, It’s there with us so we’re just processing it and it should be in the school’s accounts by early next week," Reddy said.

This will see the Ministry paying out about 70 per cent of the Term 1 grant to the schools.

Education is one of Government’s main priorities which saw $35m [US$17,104,000] being budgeted for free education from Year 1-Y8 and $31.4m [US$15,345,000]from Years 9-13, this is different from the $20m [US$9,774,000] bus fare subsidy for Education.

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