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Written English Poor: PM

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says there has been a steady deterioration in the quality of English expression in the country over the years. And he said the problem was
31 Aug 2015 14:30
Written English Poor: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says there has been a steady deterioration in the quality of English expression in the country over the years.

And he said the problem was unfortunately across the board.

“We see it in our schools, our tertiary institutions, government, the private sector and even in the media-far too many people make basic errors of spelling, grammar and sentence construction,” he said.

He said he had seen even the most senior civil servants, who were unable to write in the English language with clarity, simplicity and in the correct manner.

“Instead of choosing simple words, they use big ones as if to demonstrate to everyone that they’re educated,” the PM said.

He said although English was not our mother tongue, it was our national language used in all official communications and the medium of teaching and we needed to master it.

“Finglish – Fiji English may be okay around the grog bowl but we need to meet basic international standards and generally speaking, we are falling short of the mark.”

The PM made these comments at the Fiji National University Inaugural Alumni Dinner and Awards Night at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last Saturday.

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