21st November 02:15 AM
I used to hide in the washroom when I saw the bursar coming towards my classroom - Akbar
By Dhanjay Deo
Monday 22/10/2018
FijiFirst Candidate and Minister for Health Rosy Akbar with other FijiFirst candidates

FijiFirst Candidate and Minister for Health Rosy Akbar has shared how she used to go out of the classroom and stay in the washroom when she used to see the bursar and other office girls of her school come towards her classroom.

While speaking at a campaign meeting in Malamala, Nadi, Akbar told the people they were humiliated and embarrassed when their names were called in the classroom for not paying school fees.

Akbar says she used to stay in the washroom until the bursar had gone.

She told the people that her mother who worked as a house girl brought her up with four other siblings as her father had left them when they were small.

Akbar who grew up in Malamala and later moved to Ba says she used to take a walk across the sugarcane fields and cry on her way home.

She says not only her, but hundreds and thousands of students were going through this pain before where they could not pay school fees and were sent home.

Akbar told the people in Malamala, Nadi that they now have a government that is doing everything to see that people are supported and these are not handouts.

She says the current government has done a lot and they want to continue to do more.

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