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Letters To The Editor, 20th December, 2015

Health initiative Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa Canada   The Minister for Health and Medical Services should be praised for his National Strategic Plan 2016-2020, which revealed the providing of free medicine to
20 Dec 2015 10:27
Letters To The Editor, 20th December, 2015

Health initiative

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa

Canada

 

The Minister for Health and Medical Services should be praised for his National Strategic Plan 2016-2020, which revealed the providing of free medicine to Fijians who earn less than $20,000 a year.

The onus is now on all Fijians to take charge of their lives by following the simple laws of health (NEWSTART), which will help reduce our statistics for NCD’s and the national health budget.

It is hoped that the mentality of abusing our health because we do not have to worry about medicine and hospital care for those earning less than $20,000 a year, is never on our minds.

Our health system where we can buy prescribed medicine over the counter without a doctor’s prescription works well with people who need blood pressure pills etc.

In Australia, New Zealand, here in Canada and other parts of the world, one has to go and see the doctor every time their prescription is finished.

Works well for the citizens of these nations as they are covered by their Medicare etc but for us visitors, we have to pay big money just to see the doctor to write a prescription for you. Something we can just get over the counter in any Chemist in Fiji.

Thank you, Minister of Health and the Health Ministry for taking care of the lives of Fijians in 2015 and beyond.

 

Year 13 results

Amenatave Yaconisau

Suva

I refer to your nations report (FS 16/12/15) titled ‘Year 13 exams out today’ and your must read article by Luisa Qiolevu titled ‘Minister Reddy clarifies exam pass rate for year 13 students’ (FS 18/12/15).

Mr Reddy’s reforms although has its good intentions is no longer the quality education this country is known for.

Fijian education has begun to deteriorate and if nothing is done it will dwindle further if the state can’t measure the effectiveness of its programmes through proper metrics.

The Year 13 pass rate has reflected this poor pass rate in English and mathematics – the two mandatory subjects required for tertiary studies and securing employment (64% and 43%) respectively.

Although no one failed (every one passed in terms of total aggregate marks) pass rates were low for biology (43%) chemistry (34%) physics (57%), history (54%), accounting (64%) and economics (64%).

Some students were very upset of this deception and one distraught student in Labasa unfortunately took his own life because of this.

It’s obvious that students who want to carve a career in the sciences and arts will have to struggle.

Even tertiary institutions have had their entry marks lowered (from 250 to 200) at the behest of the Minister.

The tragedy is that despite the obvious lowering of quality the Minister favours the social welfare arguments of his reforms.

This madness of maintaining failures in the school system will continue as long as education remains good business.

We don’t want our children to acquire values that the system will always support them even if they fail exams.

It indoctrinates them to believe in the system regardless.

This reinforces laziness and absence of hard work.

Carols by candle light

Edwin Sandys

Namadi Heights

 

Disappointed as I eagerly waited to watch the Vodafone Christmas Carol singing by candle light at My Suva Park on FBC TV, but I could barely hear anything.

From the Masters of Ceremony to the choir singing the volume kept fading away and all you could see was the mouths moving but no sound.

It continued for most of the evening so I switched to Fiji One.

Come on FBC TV we deserve better.



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