Letters To The Editor, July 29, 2015

Exam thanks Fulori Turaga, Suva In search of past years exam papers for my son, and being referred from one office to another, frustration and infuriation started kicking in. The
29 Jul 2015 09:30
Letters To The Editor, July 29, 2015

Exam thanks

Fulori Turaga, Suva

In search of past years exam papers for my son, and being referred from one office to another, frustration and infuriation started kicking in.

The most irritating part about it, was being referred to the other office when I had just been there. My last hope was the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) at Waisomo House and I had hoped this time around I would get a positive feedback.

Interestingly enough, the Physics Senior Education Officer Nofaga Sakimi came out and explained very eloquently the reasons why I was having problems getting the exam papers.

He even went to the extent of showing me a Mathematics Syllabi for years 9 and 10 and explained what students must look for while preparing for exams.

Thank you Mr Sakimi for taking time out to patiently explain to me the processes involved and most importantly the advice given on how my son can prepare himself well for his external examination.

Thank you again and vinaka vakalevu.


Datt award

Dewan Chand, Suva

Education International has honoured  Krishna Datt in Ottawa , Canada,  for his immense contribution to the development of  teacher unions and education in general in the Pacific region.

Krishna Datt, a veteran politician and founder General Secretary of Fiji Labour Party,  skillful trade unionist and negotiator, educational administrator, Cabinet Minister in Labour and Coalition Governments, President of the Fiji Teachers Union, Secretary General of the Council of the Pacific Education,  social worker and above all a brilliant teacher.

Krishna Datt has produced many brilliant students and amongst these are internationally recognised historian Professor Brij Lal, now based in Canberra, Australia, and former High Court Judge Nazat Shameem, now based in Geneva.

Krishna Datt is the son of a well known Labasa personality Pundit Sukracharya, a brilliat orator in Hindi. Krishna carries his fathers stantorian voice and has excelled in oratory. He is known for his spontaneous speeches and an excellent sense of humour. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.

In his youth Krishna was a great sportsman. He was very good at soccer and hockey.

Krishna Datts recognition is an honour for him, teachers  of Fiji and the country Fiji.

I warmly congratulate Krishna Datt for his achievements.


School policy

Christopher Griffen, Rakiraki

The opening line of Rosi Doviverata’s editorial on education (FS 27 July)  “More Good News in Education”  should have read, “Any Good News on Education”?

Full credit, though, for frankness elsewhere. On p.12 of same edition we hear the Minister, Dr Reddy. at a scout rally opine, “scouting will taking you outside your comfort zone”  And he would know. Such honesty is laudable.

Likewise, when he praises scouts “for learning things that may not be in the textbooks”, his praise falls in the right place. He probably had in mind the texts he promised schools for March that still haven’t turned up in some schools despite  primary classes 6 and 8 taking Government exams in September, twenty-three working days away, and class 7 having just been told their end of year Government exam, cancelled earlier, will be taken in November after all.

That’s  not good enough. It’s unfair on children and  teachers. It is policy on-the-run.

Something Reddy didn’t remind scouts about was their motto “Be Prepared”, and no wonder. Primary school kids facing public exams are not  prepared. They are being stuffed like turkeys for an early Xmas and it’s tasteless.

The late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara once said, “how you teach is probably more important than what you teach because your approach has a lasting contribution to the personality of the student.” Reddy doesn’t see this but then coming from economics, “the dismal science”, that’s not surprising.

Reddy promised much but hasn’t delivered. Supply has not met demand.  His model (or muddle) has been costly. He should listen to his teachers and education officers more.

And above all,  take a leaf from one of his own Ministry’s text books (available only on-line), Social Science, Unit 13, sources of power. “Coercive power has negative side effects and it must be used by leaders with caution because many of the members [sic] will have negative feelings towards their leaders” p.22.



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