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Traditional-Type Attitudes Need to Change

‘They think education, employment are non-issues because they have land to use after school’ The traditional-type attitude towards education in iTaukei villages and rural settlements need to change, says Wainimala
20 Oct 2015 10:18
Traditional-Type Attitudes Need to Change
Students of Wainimala Secondary School with Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts Mahendra Reddy in Naitasiri yesterday. PHOTO JONA KONATACI.

‘They think education, employment are non-issues because they have land to
use after school’

The traditional-type attitude towards education in iTaukei villages and rural settlements need to change, says Wainimala Secondary School counsellor Reverend Reama Caginiveidakua.

She was speaking to the Fiji Sun after the school prizegiving ceremony last Thursday.

“Parents and students of Wainimala Secondary School in Wainimala Naitasiri need to change their attitude towards education,” she said.

Reverend Caginiveidakua said majority of the students were not really focused on education.

“They tend to think that employment was a non-issue for them because they had land to use after school.”

She said they valued education lightly and it was not prioritised in their homes and she had observed that parents were not really supportive about the education of their children.

Rev Caginiveidakua said some students from the Wainimala district had dropped out of prominent secondary schools in Suva and Tailevu, because of this sort of traditional-type of attitude towards education.

“I’ve been using my pastoral position in the school to try and persuade students to take their education seriously as it would benefit them in the future.”

Rev Caginiveidakua has also appealed to parents in the district to prioritise education in their homes and to support their children.

“Good education will improve lives in villages,” Rev Caginiveidakua said.

She said she was posted to Wainimala Secondary School soon after she graduated from Davuilevu Theological College in 2011.

She hails from Nasavu Village in Naitasiri.

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