Letters To The Editor, 16th January, 2016

School toilets Atul Deo,  Suva To the Assistant Minister for Health, it is honourable to see you making the effort to improve health standards in the country. I would also
16 Jan 2016 10:36
Letters To The Editor, 16th January, 2016

School toilets

Atul Deo,  Suva

To the Assistant Minister for Health, it is honourable to see you making the effort to improve health standards in the country.

I would also suggest that you visit our schools and check its sanitary systems. From our view, most of the schools sanitary systems are unhygienic. This poses a serious risk on our children’s health and it could lead to absenteeism and poor performance.


Poor education

Epeli Rabua, Suva

The fact that Fiji might have four school terms and another 400 new university graduates going into the Ministry of Education system it will never improve the current school system which our children are now going through these past years.

If it is anything to go by, the Year Eight final examinations in 2015 is still a mayhem with no end in sight as to when the poor children’s final results will be given out. As with all things done in haste and with no proper or prior tests done to see if a school system will succeed, it is a case of the blind leading the blind.

Flooding the school system with graduates or increasing the school term is just another recipe for disaster. Teaching – as with being a Doctor or a Nurse – is a vocation whereby the individual themselves want to take up their career path because they have the passion for it.

Most of the students from primary to secondary cannot understand what the teacher is teaching – and these are graduates with two to three degrees. The crux of the matter is that the graduate teacher does not have any idea how to disseminate whatever they are teaching to the children. Before we were fortunate to have teachers who went through the teacher training programmes and they excelled in the art of education.

Children today are being experimented with new teachers who have very little common sense to see that what they are teaching is not getting through to the children.

Unless and until these new university graduates taking up a teaching career can improve in the teaching profession they have taken up, only then will we see an improvement in our children’s education.


Highway magic

Amenatave Yaconisau,  Suva

I refer to your headline titled ‘Road to Future’ (FS 12/1/16) by Shratika Naidu and your editorial comment  by Nemani Delaibatiki titled ‘Focus on people prime target of PM’s north tour’ (FS 13/1/16).

PM Voreqe Bainimarama must be congratulated for opening one of the wonders of the North, the 70kilometre Nabouwalu to Dreketi highway.

It’s something they stoutly fought for years but were ignored. It’s good to see the Government programmes  assure the implementation of election promises to  the people of the North.

Now we have a fair idea of the way voters decide which party to vote for.  This is the way the state receives power – directly from the people.

For all the benefits and ripple effects flowing to the people of Bua and Vanua Levu it also fulfils the other liberties promised in the Constitution.

It enhances the freedom of movement, it fulfils the right to transportation, it assist the right to education for children, it assists the right to economic participation, it satisfies the right to health and the right of children amongst others.

Our acknowledgement must go to the Government and its leader for good leadership, Chinese Embassy, Exim Bank of China (Financier), Fiji Roads Authority (FRA the project manager), the China Railway First Group (Fiji) Ltd (contractor), and the people  of Bua without  whom the project  would not be as easy.

Sa Re and Sie sie Ni. Thank you.


RIP Alan

Ashneel J Prasad,  NZ

Why? Maybe there was and will be a greater story than of other fiction characters, but there shall not be a greater unrequited lover, or love story than of Severus Snape. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.


Robbing the people

Neelz Singh,  Lami

It is an old social myth that now becomes a dark force that exists in many of our global and geo native political environments.

In Fiji the latest reforms have created policies based on politics of envy.

How do we come up with all these social justice. That’s the one where the planners put low income subsidised housing in the middle of more affluent areas of town by force of regulations.

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