Director Primary for Education, Hem Chand says the delay in annual general meetings of schools and the students' Fiji Education Management Information System or FEMIS not being updated on time is the result of the delay in government grant distribution to schools.
Chand says 90% of the schools in Fiji are yet to update the FEMIS and the ministry will not release the grants until it is updated.
He told the school heads attending the Central Division school leaders meeting at Saint Joseph's Secondary School to make sure that the FEMIS is updated on a daily basis. All student registrations for schools have to be updated on the FEMIS to give the actual number of students in a school.
Chand says there are 17 schools in Fiji who are yet to receive grants and the school management and heads are blaming the ministry.
He says it is the responsibility of all school heads and management to ensure that their annual general meeting is conducted on time and the documents of the meeting is submitted to the ministry to be able to receive the grants on time.
Chand says the schools should conduct the annual general meeting before the 31st of March every year.
He also encouraged the school heads and management to take responsibility of their school planning and meetings and to work closely with the Ministry of Education.
The school grant for primary schools is $250 per student, years 9 and 10 get a payment of $440 per student, years 11 and 12 attract a payment of $485 per student and year 13 attracts a payment of $610