“The school zones policy is one of my reforms but please don’t ask me questions about it”
On his campaign visit to Dreketi in Rewa, Bainimarama was asked by villagers from Korovou to explain his school zoning policy. According to this, students from villages in the heart of Rewa would not travel to schools in Suva or along the Suva Nausori corridor. They should instead go to schools in their zone. Despite this policy being announced years ago, Bainimarama said he would have to ask the Education Ministry “to see the plans it had and their effectiveness”. It seemed the villgers would like more students to be forced to attend their local school, which loses students to other schools outside the zone. This a complex issue but the PM should understand the policy his government introduced. How many other policies does he not understand? Professor Wadan Narsey wrote about the issue last year, but the Bainimarama Government ploughs on making its ‘reforms’ without any input from anyone for its half-baked schools zones policy? To work, a lot of the schools that have been built would have to be relocated, but most weren’t even built by the Government. Everyone is happy with free schools but how safe is our school system its in the hands of someone who doesn’t even know what his policies are?