The recording obtained by C4.5 is of a meeting between the Education Minister and QVS Old Boys Anasa Vocea and his deputy, Akuila Waradi, last month at the Warwick.
In the recording, where Reddy also uses the racial slur 'Kai India', he defends his decision to order QVS principal Silivio Tawake to leave the school immediately and be transferred to a school in Kadavu, after a parent complained directly to him about his sons being bullied.
Anasa Vocea and Akuila Waradi ask Reddy why he transferred a good teacher without consultation or an investigation into the allegations.
Reddy says he received another complaint from a committee member who claimed an itaukei teacher “is not in the school most of the time” and goes on to say “she just goes to the village to drink grog".
Later, he tells the pair he hopes they are not defending ‘incompetence’ and reiterates his intention to ‘clean up.’
Reddy also goes on to make the sweeping statement that throughout Fiji “80 per cent of itaukei principals are incompetent” and “50% of Kai India ones are incompetent people”, who have been promoted because they are “friends of this and that".
Following this meeting, Reddy rescinded the transfer of the principal.
Reddy, like Bainimarama and the rest of Fiji First, continue to believe they are transforming Fiji for the better but their ‘One Fiji’ is warped.
As the recording shows, Reddy doesn’t want to listen to schools and has been making arbitrary decisions based on a ‘clean up’ approach that rejects all things ‘indigenous’ as damaged and harmful.
Just five days ago he insisted certain school principals, managers and leaders still have ethnic preferences and that while the country is moving towards a one Fiji, some school heads were still stuck with "ethnicity".
He claimed some school leaders did not want teachers who were of Indian descent and said it was wrong that a school head in Namaka, Nadi, had asked for itaukei teachers only.
If Reddy continues to have his way, what will be the future of Fiji schools and itaukei teachers? There has been no audit or survey to justify his comments about so-called incompetency; the reference to 'Kai India' also harks back to the hardline Fijian nationalists after 1987.
We refer to an article by Joji Kotobalavu in the Fiji Times, which argues culture is embraced in the Constitution and is being totally misunderstood by Reddy and his mob. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=312305
Listen to the recording below. The derogatory comments are made at 6.50 minutes into the recording.