The Ministry of Education and the Christian church’s in Fiji have reached an agreement after the ministry’s announcement to remove all chaplains from government schools.
The Ministry of Education had earlier said that it would replace all Chaplains in government schools with professional counselors.
The Ministry of Education and Christian church’s came to the table and quickly reached a resolution that the education ministry will be happy to keep Chaplains if the church’s paid the chaplains.
The government had said that it couldn’t afford to keep both, professional counselors and chaplains however, with now church’s taking active role to pay for the chaplains has solved the problem.
Speaking on “Noda PM” program, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says, that the only change government is making is for the Methodist Church to pay for their chaplains serving in government schools.
He says in the past they have been relying on government and this is unfair to other religious institutions.
Bainimarama says he wants fairness across the board.