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Go for Toppers, Kurusiga Tells iTaukei Parents

iTaukei parents were last night urged to encourage their children to go for the National Toppers scheme. The iTaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Apakuki Kurusiga made this comment
25 Apr 2015 12:17
Go for Toppers, Kurusiga Tells iTaukei Parents
Deputy chief executive officer for iTaukei Affairs Board Apakuki Kurusiga (top left) during a public consultation in Davuilevu Methodist Primary School in Nakasi last night. Photo: Litia Cava

iTaukei parents were last night urged to encourage their children to go for the National Toppers scheme.

The iTaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Apakuki Kurusiga made this comment following concerns about the lack of iTaukei students qualifying.

The concerns were raised during a public consultation on iTaukei issues at Davuilevu near Nausori last night.

Questions were asked if the iTaukei Affairs ministry had mechanisms to ensure that iTaukei students qualify for the Toppers scheme.

Mr Kurusiga said: “We can achieve anything. Urge your children to compete for the scheme and never ever think that we cannot get it.

“The Government has given out the requirements for the Toppers and this should not discourage us from telling our children to work hard to achieve higher marks and be in the Toppers.

 

Education Reforms

The ministry’s deputy secretary, Saimoni Waibuta, reiterated that the Ministry of Education was committed to introducing the new reforms for the government’s three major boarding schools. The schools are Queen Victoria School, Ratu Kadavulevu School and Ad Cakobau School.

He said they would not affect schools in the islands or rural areas.

A concern was raised that if rural and maritime students were encouraged to enrol in these schools, the scheme would affect the rolls of rural and maritime schools which were built to cater for students there.

Mr Waibuta said these boarding schools were fully occupied and it would not be able to absorb all the rural students from next year because there were certain limitations. Therefore, there should be no worries as to how these schools in the outer islands and remote areas would operate.

 

Village demarcation

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs hopes to complete the process of demarcating village boundaries by the end of this year.

The provinces of Lau and Lomaiviti are left to be marked while two teams from the ministry were currently demarcating village boundaries in the Naitasiri and Ra province.

The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Savenaca Kaunisela, said it was vital for the ministry to complete this process. He said in order for the village by-laws to come into effect, the village boundaries needed to be determined to show where the laws were applicable.

 aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 




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