Letters To The Editors, 21st, March , 2017
Vunimoli, Kortari road condition
Alick Patrick Chute,
We the people of Vunimoli, Korotari, Labasa are sick and tired of the conditions of our road. Our roads are more like the moon surface, we are sad that we have lost our pot holes and developed craters.
This is sad because we may have to sell our good vehicles and invest in moon buggies or horse saddles to make travelling possible.
We question how the contractors being paid, without any maintenance done to our road. We also question how is it possible to purchase new vehicles and machinery.
It is also nice to see how Fulton Hogan is training our locals how to gravel seal roads.
Is this the way they repair roads in New Zealand?
It boggles the mind on how much money is being paid for work that’s not done. Please Mr Minister get out of your office and check some of the works and payments done to these companies.
I have traveled on roads the PM used on his last visit to Vanua Levu and Taveuni, he must have been impressed with the condition. The reason Fulton Hogan worked 24/7 on the route they knew he would travel on.
Christopher Griffin certainly was exposed to a much better schooling and educational environment in Australia before settling in Rakiraki – his second home.
Thank you for highlighting some of your concerns relevant to our educational institutions in Fiji, but I am most certain those at the Ministry of Education are taking notes.
Further to his letter (Fiji Sun March 17), Mr Griffin must not compare the educational systems in Australia to that of Fiji because it was the inabilities of the past Colonial and Fijian governments that did not see fit and failed in their political will to tailor-make a solution to our educational woes.
However, this Government is doing its level best to better the standards as dictated to by our 2013 Constitution and it will take time as Mr Griffin will appreciate.
Rakiraki was one of the worst hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston; our Government is working towards full restoration of all its educational institution through their reconstruction plans and thanks to the Australian government for their input and quick response post Winston.
Including the retirement age of 55, Mr Griffin must be reminded that our country’s educational policy is Fiji made whether he likes it not, retired teachers are part and parcel of this sovereign Fiji’s evolution.
It must also be noted that if a child cannot learn or be taught and coached to read English than there is no point in teaching them the importance of maths or any subject for that matter.
Irrespective of age or gender there is no barrier to education, it was an excellent indiscriminate call by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, in his speech during the International Women’s Day celebration in Labasa last week whether through teaching, training, instruction, coaching, tuition or education.
Parents, guardians, kindergarten, primary and secondary school, technical colleges, and higher educational institutions are the foundations of our countries wealth, health and economy; we are all in it together as stakeholders.
Fiji will achieve as the Romans do but only in our own good ‘Fiji Time’ with or without any input from Mr Griffin. Mr Reddy is punching above his weight to take the ministry’s standards to equal level and footings with other developed countries.
I must confess to Mr Griffin that Tukai is 101 per cent FijiFirst party supporter every second through thick and thin.
Fiji Sun writer Nemani Delaibatiki in yesterday’s page 12, speaks of how Fiji’s government of the day and their policies realistically cannot bring Fiji up to par, economically, educationally, socially, and idealistically with our nearest neighbours, Australia and New Zealand.
In the last 10 years our Government ministers have had salary increases across the board.
For some of the private sector industries, especially in the finance business, companies used the Essential National Industries Employment (ENI) decree to wipe out almost all of the hard-won benefits negotiated previously between their workers’ unions and the particular companies, with no advice to the workers at all!
In some of the finance companies during the ENI decree, salary reviews were done in consecutive years, reducing salary scales across the board for all the local workers and yet leaving the expatriate staff with salary scales compatible with their current roles in their own countries, like Australia and New Zealand!
Our education sector have put in place and added about 80 per cent of administrative policies to schools, which leave teachers restricted to completing these onerous tasks, rather than concentrating on what should be their number one priority – the school children!
And we wonder why our children are failing in English and Math!
What mostly happened only in natural disasters, electrical power and water outages, are the norm in today’s Fiji, whereby the two utilities hold monopolistic power.
Incompetent new recruits and purchase of cheap materials for use in these two most important of utilities confound the problems each and every day.
Realisitcally, Mr Delaibatiki is saying that today, we are not equal with Australia and New Zealand.
Isn’t that a far cry from the Government’s rallying cry, ‘that we are all equal’?