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287 School-Age Children Without Birth Certificates In Nadroga/Navosa Province

This was revealed by Senior Education Officer Sigatoka Setareki Rika during the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council meeting at Nasigatoka Village yesterday.
11 Jul 2019 15:31
287 School-Age Children Without Birth Certificates In Nadroga/Navosa Province
Traditional leaders and representatives of the Nadroga/Navosa province during the provincial council meeting at Nasigatoka Village on July 10, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A total of 287 school-age children in Nadroga/Navosa Province do not have a birth certificate.

This was revealed by Senior Education Officer Sigatoka Setareki Rika during the Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council meeting at Nasigatoka Village yesterday.

“It is alarming. This is compulsory for each child born in Fiji to have,” he said.

Special students

Mr Rika told delegates of the need to identify special needs students in the province.

The province’s lone special school in Sigatoka caters for only 29 students, but Mr Rika said the number of special needs children could be more than 500.

“It seems that teachers are not doing their work. If there is no student with special needs then all will pass with 100 per cent,” he said.

“I have noticed some parents are not allowing their children to be assessed by the teachers when required.”

Drop in student numbers

“The numbers of students attending technical college in Cuvu, Nadroga, is dropping.

“Let us be job creators rather than job seekers. Students need to be marketable as well,” said Mr Rika.

“This is a gold mine and many do not see it that way.

“The college has received calls from New Zealand requiring welders to work there.”

Mr Rika urged traditional leaders to value education as a top priority. Edited by Epineri Vula

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