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Devi’s Struggle Rewarded With Law Degree

Devi’s Struggle Rewarded With Law Degree
Dean Saista Shameem, Chanika Devi (middle) and Kandsami Pillay (husband) pose for the camera after the University of Fiji graduation at Saweni Campus, Lautoka, yesterday
April 28
13:53 2018

Five years of commit­ment and sacrifice have paid off for Chan­ika Devi after graduating with a Law Degree at the University of Fiji, Saweni Campus in Lautoka, yester­day.

A Constable in the Fiji Po­lice Force, she not only had to survive the long distance travelling 89.9 kilometres from Sigatoka to Lautoka for classes, but had to find the time to juggle Police work, with domestic duties and study.

“Today is very special for me, because finally those long travels from Sigatoka to Lautoka has ended and I am so happy to be graduat­ing,” Constable Devi said.

“I thank God for giving me the strength and persever­ance to get through the past five years.”

She had been the Pros­ecuting Officer in the West­ern Division for the past 14-years and has grown to be very passionate about her work and studying law.

“I was based at Sigatoka for the past 13 years and just moved to the Lautoka prosecution office last year,” Constable Devi said.

The mother of one, now re­alises that the wise juggling of her time from being a ca­reer mum, a mother to her child and studying for her law degree had to be done to accomplish her goal.

“It was not easy because I really had to be focused, but I am thankful to my husband and my family for their support and encour­agement,” she said.

“It was a challenge for me and my family but we did it.”

According to Constable Devi there were countless times where her husband and child were left behind at home in order for her to be in campus studying.

“For that I thank them for their patience and support, because in the end that is one of the key components of not only a student’s life but life in general,” she said.

She also thanked the Fiji Police Commissioner Siti­veni Qiliho and her Divi­sional Prosecuting Officer ASP Anil Prasad.

“They helped me during some stages that enabled me to complete my degree,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean


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