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Letters To The Editor, October 05, 2015

Suicide prevention Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Delta, Canada There has been a lot of talk regarding solutions to student suicides and many good instructions have been thrown in. I believe that the
05 Oct 2015 13:26
Letters To The Editor, October 05, 2015

Suicide prevention

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,

Delta, Canada

There has been a lot of talk regarding solutions to student suicides and many good instructions have been thrown in.

I believe that the main solution to suicide prevention among students is for parents, guardians, teachers and even student friends to spend more time in talking to each other and thereby know what the student is going through.

Not many students live alone and take care of themselves during the school term.

Most have parents or family or friends around them daily,m but it is sad that quality family talk time is lacking and the troubled student begins to contemplate the solution to his or her misery.

The ex-Fiji 7s coach would drive the message “Dou veitalanoa vakalevu,” during half-time and the same is to apply to all households in Fiji.

The family unit needs to sit down together at meal times or at the weekly family night to discuss family matters including personal matters.

For Christians, Christ is still the head of every home and when the family unite in prayer, casting all their burdens on Him, problems are solved as He still works in mysterious ways.

God has a wonderful plan for each of us, but first we need to know Him, talanoa with Him, fully surrender our will to His and let Him work His will or plan in us.

Suicide is saying yes to Satan, to sabotage the plan God has in store for you, if you go to Him in faith.

 

Why maths?

Dharmen Dayal,

Suva

According to the famous mathematician Galileo “Mathematics is the only language in which GOD created the Universe” and if one has to study the whole Universe requires Maths.

Mathematics is the foundation of all other subjects that are taught in schools.

To list a few: biology; chemistry;  physics; commerce; psychology;  sociology; engineering fields and technological fields such as computers, rockets, and communications. There are even uses in the arts, such as sculpture, drawing and music.

In every second of our life, from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep is all maths.

The continuous calculation in our minds is all what’s maths is about.

It is impossible to live an independent life without basic math skills.

Children begin to learn about money in schools and to calculate percentages and fractions.

People must have these skills in order to follow a recipe, evaluate whether or not an item on clearance is a good deal and manage a budget, among other things.In other words Mathematics teaches life skills.

Some examples of mathematics in everyday life:

 

– Cooking uses the idea of proportion

– Bank: savings and credit. With some good understanding of simple and compound interest, you can manage the way your money grows

– Chance to win in lottery: The mathematical concept that deals with the chance of winning a lottery game is probability.

– Geometry in clothing, house decoration, architecture

– Symmetries in nature etc.

 

Finally Learning mathematics forces one to learn how to think very logically and to solve problems using that skill.

It also teaches one to be precise in thoughts and words. In addition, it sharpens the reasoning powers of ours and increases our mental alertness.

Now how can we support the idea of dropping mathematics? Only a fool would do.

Finally hats off to the Hon Minister for Education to announce that Mathematics should be compulsory in schools.

The nation will see in near future only the benefits.

 




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