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Students happy with common name

By FONUA TALEI A Levuka Public School student has submitted to the Constitution Commission that all Fiji citizens should be called Fijians. Ashna Naidu told the Commission that “All people
30 Sep 2012 10:15

By FONUA TALEI

A Levuka Public School student has submitted to the Constitution Commission that all Fiji citizens should be called Fijians.
Ashna Naidu told the Commission that “All people who are born in Fiji are Fijians and Fiji is their home”.
Speaking on behalf of the school, Ms Naidu said every Fijian therefore deserved equal treatment and opportunities
On scholarships she told the commission that it should not be based on race and ethnicity.
“Newspapers usually carry advertisement saying scholarships for iTaukei students – saying this was “heartbreaking” for the non-iTaukei students.
She recommended that scholarships should be given on merit and to all students who meet the set criteria because this would also encourage reconciliation.
She also questioned why there was a special scholarship provision for Indo Fijians, Chinese and Rotumans – why have multi-ethnic scholarships or the Public Service Commission scholarships for them and different one for the iTaukei students.
Another Levuka resident, Neumi Turaga, submitted that all resources on the land and the fishing rights (qoliqoli rights) – right from the seashore to the seabed should be solely owned by the iTaukei in Fiji because they were the traditional custodians of these natural resources.
He also wanted to see the new constitution have arrangements which would ensure that village by-laws were introduced to maintain law and order in the villagers.
He recommended that should the by-laws be introduced in villages, it should not be contrary to the laws of the land.
Teresi Yee Show said the new constitution should ensure that women’s rights, interests and aspirations are well-catered for.
That it should include provisions which caters for these equal rights and everyone‘s interests are safeguarded.
“Women play a crucial role in the society and it is important their plight is looked at.”
She also proposed that the retirement age should be kept at 60 years reasoning that many who were told to retire early still looked healthy and strong to continue working.




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