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Teacher Motivates Lata To Finish At The Top

Teacher Motivates Lata To Finish At The Top
Ashleen Lata with her husband Abdul Wahab (right) and father Ranjit Singh holding on to her five awards and Bachelor of Nursing Science during the Sangam Institute of Technology College of Nursing and Health Care Education graduation at Labasa Civic Centre on December 6. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
December 07
11:00 2017

Ashleen Lata was motivated by her head of school to do better after hearing of his experience while he was still stud­ying.

That led her to take the high­est number of awards during the Sangam Institute of Technology College of Nursing and Health Care Education graduation at the Laba­sa Civic Centre yesterday.

She was among 114 to graduate from the nursing institute.

The 23-year-old originally from Va­tubogi Settlement in Bua received the following:

Excellence in Primary Health Care Award,

– Excellence in Personal and Professional Development,

– Excellence in Nursing Knowledge,

– Excellence in Fundamen­tals of Nursing Practice and

– Overall Academic Excel­lence Award.

The mother of one who lives in Wailevu, Labasa, said: “Being young, married and being a moth­er, I kept telling myself to focus on studies and get through gradua­tion.

“What motivated me to do well was my head of school, Kishna Ku­mar whom I considered as my men­tor.

“When he told the class that he was the dux while pursuing a de­gree in nursing in 2008, I decided to do much better than him and often told him about my intention.

“It is very important to have such a mentor in your life whose life in­spires you to achieve great things in life,” the eldest of two siblings said.

“I would like to thank my hus­band, Abdul Wahab, in laws and my parents for being very supportive.

Positive attitude

“One good personality trait I have is that I have a positive attitude. Whenever I entered my class I left aside my personal problems and fo­cused on my studies.”

To married women she said: “To all the married women who are pursing tertiary education I would like to advise you to never give up.

“No matter what life throws at you, carry a positive attitude and surely you will reach your goal.”

Education Academic board chair­person Amraiya Naidu said the col­lege had graduated 478 nurses with degree qualifications to the service comprising 272 full time students in Labasa campus and 206 who did part time studies through the bridging course.

Currently, 197 nurses were purs­ing the bridging course at five cen­tres in Labasa, Suva, Lautoka, Ba and Taveuni.

“Arrangements are being made for the opening of another centre next year,” Mr Naidu said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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