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Dux Award New Start For Turagabeci

Dux Award New Start For Turagabeci
Nabua Secondary School 2017 Annual Prize Giving ceremony Matua classes DUX for year 13 Miriama Talei Turagabeci with chief guest Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto and her parents Mere and Suliasi Turagabeci on October 12, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
October 13
11:00 2017


Miriama Turagabeci had second thoughts about returning to school to repeat Year 12 and 13 in 2010. She was embarrassed about her age and what people were going to say if she returned to school.

But yesterday she stood proud next to her parents after receiving the Matua student Dux award at the Nabua Secondary School prize giving ceremony.

Her experience made her realize that age does not matter and getting a second chance to study was worth everything.

The 26-year-old shared how she found it difficult to find a job without a secondary school qualification.

Ms Turagabeci had joined the FM96 Morning Show and one day realized that she needed qualification if she wanted to progress.

“I applied here and there and could not get through. I heard about the Matua Programme back in 2010, I didn’t go because I was embarrassed,” she said.

“I realised I needed to do something more and I needed qualifications, so I realized that I had to return to school and complete my Year 12 and Year 13.”

Ms Turagabeci completed Year 12 last year and was placed third.

“I returned this year to complete Year 13 and scoop the prize and gun for a scholarship because university education is very expensive; this is an easy alternative way of gaining a scholarship.”

She encouraged all Matua students and Nabua Secondary students not to give up.

“It is a hard world out there. You may be getting a paid job, but it is a pay cheque that you live with from pay to pay and these days it is all about the papers.

“I am so thrilled that finally I got an award. I am thankful there is a second chance to education,” she said.

Ms Turagabeci was emotional when she spoke of how supportive her Mum, Dad, families and friends were when she made up her mind to further her study.

Known as the ‘black sheep’ of the family, Ms Turagabeci was glad to be able to turn the table and make her parents proud of her achievement.

Her advice to youths and adults alike is to grab any opportunity to learn. It may never come back.

“As Fijians, we are often embarrassed about our age and failures but we have to stand up and grow up.”

Suliasi Turagabeci was a proud father and he thanked God for blessing his daughter with the education, perseverance and humility to further her education.

“We the parents have supported her morally, financially and we have always supported her through fasting and prayers. When my daughter came home and told us she wanted to go back to school, we were happy and we totally supported her.”

Ms Turagbeci also received the Matua students awards for attaining the highest marks in English, History, Computer Studies and Home Economics.

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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