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Letters January 13 2014

January 13
08:44 2015

Public debate

Fazim Sheik, Nadi

A lot has been said about the impasse between Mrs Basundra and Mahendra Reddy. I just wish that these two would solve their matters in private rather than trying to justify their actions in public. I mean its sounds weird when two of the highest post holders of the education sector having a go at each other publicly.

By the way, the way things are going, I think the education sector will be in big jeopardy in 2015. While other ministries are working together for the betterment of everyone, here we have the education sector fighting like small children.

Whatever the problem is can you please solve it in private and let us know of the outcome.

I hope this administrative matter is resolved in an amicable way so that other pressing matters regarding betterment of education for all can be looked at.

Fixed pipe

Kirti Patel, Nadi

I would like to thank the Water Authority of Fiji who was prompt enough to fix the damaged pipe near our home drain. I was told that the damaged pipe should be fixed in 24 hours from when the complaint was lodged and it was done accordingly.

I am very impressed as everyone knows how things work in Fiji where numerous phone calls are made before some damage is fixed. To the Water Authority of Fiji a job well done and on time. Vinaka Vakalevu.

Wasted books

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu

We now read of parents complaining that the cost of exercise books and other stationery have gone up after the announcement of free textbooks to all students in 2015 by the FijiFirst Government.

Late last year, I saw the school kids at home burning their 2014 school exercise books with most not fully used.

Every year, students are expected to buy new exercise books for each subjects only to be discarded at the end of the year, fully used or partly used.

Could schools introduce the use of note pads by students where notes are taken, removed from the notepad and attached to its subject file.

I did this in my four years study at Fulton College as a mature age student, using about six notepads in the whole four years worth less than $30.

Introduce this to students and schools and there will be no more burning of partly used exercise books at the end of the year.

Passport saga

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Diplomatic passports are the property of the state and not that of the holder.

I would like to personally encourage the Bainimarama Peoples Government

to please also withdraw the diplomatic passports of all the former prime ministers.

It’s simple common sense, they should always first double check with the immigration department before any overseas travel and if they had done that they would not be in such a mess.

Thumps up to the Immigration Department as they were only carrying out what they do best.

If their passport had expired; the department is not obliged to be calling everyone who are Fijian passport holders to go and have them renewed.

Drug exiles

Allen Lockington, Lautoka

A report says that any villager in the province of Cakaudrove found guilty in a court of law for cultivating or peddling marijuana will be exiled from their villages for five years. And those who are not registered in the Vola ni Kawa Bula to the villages in Tunuloa, Natewa, Nakobo and Cakaudrove districts will be removed permanently.

Good. Anyway, I am okay with the removal from the VKB, but not exiling them. My reason is if they are found guilty in a court of law they may go to jail or pay a fine, and pay for their misconduct. Exiling them is punishing them twice.

I just hope the exiling will not transfer the problem person to another part of Fiji where he/she will start cultivation all over again.

What if the other provinces do they same and come up with this law that anyone who is found guilty will not be allowed in their area, what will happen to the person? Where do they go?

Our Corrections Department is now no longer the old jail, its a corrections facility where people go to be rehabilitated so that they can return to society.

But I’m sure the people of Tunuloa, Natewa, Nakobo and Cakaudrove districts are fed up.

I just hope the exiled don’t come to Waiyavi in Lautoka.

Bare essentials

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

John Ruskin once wrote, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

I was so happy waking up on Monday morning to the sound of continuous rain. It has been awhile since we had this much rainfall, especially after the hot and humid weather we experienced throughout the festive season.

To celebrate, I wanted to run outside bare to rain bath but then I thought of the neighbours who might report me for “indecent exposure.”

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