23 Jul 2009

FLNKS welcomes Paris move for New Caledonia school funding

12:53 pm on 23 July 2009

A senior leader of New Caledonia's FLNKS Movement, Roch Wamytan, says he is satisfied with the French legislature's position on transferring funds from Paris to Noumea in the area of education.

This comes as part of the phased and irreversible transfer of power as it is provided in the 1998 Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.

Mr Wamytan says there should now be no obstacle to transfer the running of secondary schools to the New Caledonian authorities although concern over the package remains among teacher unions.

He says as the territory is being decolonised, it should see all scheduled transfers to be completed by 2014 when only key functions, such as those pertaining to defence and money, are to be left with Paris.

A vote on full independence is to be organised before 2018 although there is disagreement on whether such a referendum should go ahead.