25th May 03:12 PM
Education funding expected to increase in the next budgetary year - AG
By Anamika Singh
Saturday 13/05/2017
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Funding for Education is expected to increase in the next budgetary year.

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted this in the 2017/2018 National Budget Consultation at FNU Nasinu Campus yesterday.

Sayed-Khaiyum says we have more students coming in through the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme so we need to go through a full budgetary cycle before we achieve a stable level and expect this to go higher in the next two years.

He says we may now have the most number of school students in the history of Fiji who have their fees paid for by the government.

He also highlighted that a number of administrative anomalies have been discovered in the area of TELS and Toppers schemes.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the anomalies are in the areas of the disbursement of funds and the manner in which the policies have been developed.

He says that some of the policies are obviously inappropriate and they are meeting with the Tertiary Scholarship and Loan Board to iron out many of those issues.

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