Serua told: Prioritise education
By ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
Roko Tui Serua Setefano Osonamoli has challenged the Serua Provincial Council to priotitise education for children in the province.
Speaking at the council’s meeting in Navua yesterday, Mr Osonamoli said: “Quit the mentality that finishing high school is not important for children.”
He stressed the need for students and parents to aspire for tertiary qualifications.
“We should work hard in putting our students in universities around Fiji so that they can attain the highest level of tertiary qualifications.”
This year, 66 students from the province joined universities to further their studies.
“The number of tertiary students from Serua has increased compared to previous years.
“If we want to increase the trend in the future, we should invest more in educating our young ones,” Mr Osonamoli said.
He said a good educational background could mould young people in the province to become prominent future leaders.
“We don’t want school dropouts as this is becoming a major issue in the province.
“We are urging village heads to emphasise to parents the need for them to send their children to school.”
A council member, Pio Tabaiwalu, agreed that there was a great need for a strategic plan to be implemented in the 25 villages within the province.