27 Oct 2016

Fiji opposition leader says Education Minister must look at 'basic needs'

4:54 pm on 27 October 2016

The leader of the opposition in Fiji says the education ministry is too distracted and needs to help children in red zones who are learning in poor conditions.

Ro Teimumu Kepa has returned from a tour of Tailevu and Ra to view progress since February's Cyclone Winston and says there hasn't been much.

She said the tents provided by NGOs and international donors had reached their life-span, and cyclone season begins in days.

She said the Education Minister, Mahendra Reddy, was making statements about every child receiving a computer or a tablet, but the reality is that many children don't have basics.

"You don't really need to go into other areas of the school curriculum which is also very important. But mostly it's basic needs and when he is asked in parliament as to what is happening he brushes us off and thinks it's of no consequence and everything is under control."

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round