Bilingual education to be trialled; Compulsory blood tests for all MPs; New Chinese AmbassadorPosted: March 29, 2016
Education Minister Jean-Pierre Nirua noted an interesting linguistic experiment which is planned when he addressed the Vanuatu Institute of Technology graduation ceremony last week. It is to trial bi-linguistic education in Vanuatu. The policy is still in its early stages. It would ultimately mean – if successful – that “all children would be taught in both English and French… Teachers would be handling bilingual classes. It would do away with the need to have English schools and French schools,” as VIT has largely done. Certain VIT graduates are already benefiting, in their employment, from their use and ability with the two languages, the Minister said. Presently there are civil servants awaiting their retirement benefits and when these are paid out there will be more jobs for the present VIT graduates, Nirua added.
Deputy PM Joe Natuman praised the policy of the present Institute of Technology to buy the Sky Garden hotel property in Parliament last week. It will benefit the country’s students of tourism. “Students will use the facility when the Prime Minister’s Office moves out of the building in 2 years and INTV takes over, and as MPs we hope the place can be used as an accommodation facility by MPs coming to Port Vila for Parliamentary meetings thereafter,” Natuman said. Parliament was debating the Vt 40 million guarantee which must be awarded to VIT following the PMO’s requirement to use the Sky Garden hotel as offices to house the PM’s services in the duration of the renovations down the hill. VIT has a loan agreement with the National Bank for the purchase.
The 100 Day Plan of Government requires all MPs to undergo blood tests. Speaker Esmon Saemon announced this at the end of the first extra-ordinary sitting of Parliament last week. Government cannot meet the cost of the tests which range from Vt 3,000 to Vt 20,000. There are two Port Vila medical centres where MPs can have the tests.
Vanuatu has a new Chinese Ambassador as of this morning. Credentials were handed over to the President at State House. There was a VMF guard of honour. Details will be given in a future post.
The Port Vila Urban Development Project looking after our roads, drainage and so forth, is expecting more equipment to arrive soonest, Radio Vanuatu told us today. More on that, too, soon.