Letters To The Editor 26th October 2016

FBC Programme Susana Tuisawau, Suva Firstly, I wish to express the fact that I follow Nemani Bainivalu’s programme on FBC in my attempt to learn conversational Fiji Hindi. I had
26 Oct 2016 11:00
Letters To The Editor 26th October 2016

FBC Programme

Susana Tuisawau, Suva

Firstly, I wish to express the fact that I follow Nemani Bainivalu’s programme on FBC in my attempt to learn conversational Fiji Hindi. I had found it very useful.

However, I was also very concerned with some of the examples he had used in the statements for conversational purposes relating to his chosen theme for the week.

I recognize that he was somehow trying to perhaps follow the footsteps of our indigenous Fijian village elders when they give words of advice or “veivosataki” i.e. reprimand our village youths and children.

These reprimands are usually held in the privacy of the village environment and among their own kind.

However, the FBC as a mass media and medium of instruction, has the whole of Fiji and its multi- ethnic groups and the whole world, as its audience.

His  generalised statements about (a) the indigenous Fijians (b) about “many teachers of Fiji  not spending time in preparing lessons; but spending more time drinking yaqona ….”are contributing towards the stereotyping of  a generalised  negative view/image  about all  members of the iTaukei race and Fiji’s teachers.

This is not fair to these groups. My greatest concern however which I feel needs to be corrected, is when his statements inferred that certain forms of employments were not acceptable without a university degrees.

In his attempt to make statements that would encourage all indigenous Fijians to  study hard for a university degree, he had made what I call the greatest injustice to the world of work when he named certain  forms of employment as those that indigenous Fijians end up doing because they could not get a university degree.

I was saddened by this because he was actually demeaning these areas of work.

All forms of employment should be valued and all are important no matter the wage level.

Even the Bible taught us this truth. As a teacher, I have decided not to state his list because that way, I would indeed be also planting the seed of discrimination that demeans a certain category of work in the minds of students.

I feel for those who are already working in these areas of work. Not all students will reach or can reach university or choose to do so.

The majority will enter the workforce after leaving school or after dropping out.

For the last 30 years our educational system had shown a consistent trend that only 10 per cent of students who begin in Year 1 or Class 1 will go straight to university after leaving secondary school.

A good percentage of tertiary /university students enter from the work force



Over Reaction

Suresh Chand, Nadi

Thank you FBC for capturing the moment on tape and telecasting it to the world.  It is not a bad idea taking the uniform away from those officers who act against the spirit and oath of the force.

The Police Commissioner must down come  down hard on incidences and officers like these so that the force is respectable and reliable at all times.



Stray Dogs

Akhila Nand, Suva

I do not keep any dogs at my residence. It is very frustrating to see other dogs come into my compound and dirty the place and go away. It is often seen that neighbours let go of their dogs from their compound and to the neighbour’s compound to dispose of their waste.

Who is in charge of looking after the dogs?

Is it the city/town councils or Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals?

I hope that whoever is in charge will teach dog owners how to dispose of their waste in their compounds and not their neighbour’s compound and on the side of the roads.



Foreign Hairdressers

Kini William Koroi, Suva

As an ex-president and now patron of the Fiji Hairdressers and Beauty Association I am greatly amazed at the amount of Asian hairdressing and beauty spas salons operating in Fiji now.

One thing I would like to know is; how are they allowed to come here.

Some of them don’t even know how to speak English and secondly, how are they getting work permits.

The Immigration Department should check if they are qualified from where they come from before allowing them here.

They are coming in numbers and very soon they will take over and we the local ones will end up closing our businesses.

I humbly ask for those in authority please do look into this.

Take a drive around Viti Levu and you will notice they are in every town and cities.

The hairdressing  businesses and spas should be only for locals and not for outsiders.

We have lots and lots of locals who have been trained to do the job.

I hope the authority responsible will do something about it.


School Zebra Crossing

Michael Chambers, Lautoka

Amidst the early morning rush, lies the challenge of driving through a number of school zebra crossings before reaching your destination.

With this in mind, a lot of concentration is spared for the safety of our school children who access these roads to get to school on time.

During one of those mornings, the school patrol from a prominent school located beside the Lautoka Police Station stepped backwards, giving the all clear for the vehicles to drive through.

All of a sudden, I had to slam on my car brakes as two Policemen in full uniform stepped onto the crossing in full conversation giving us no warning sign at all.

They would have been excused if they were trying to foil a robber and neither were any sirens to indicate an emergency.

They just bullied their way through.

Mind you, these are the so called custodians of the law who are supposed to be upholding it and leading by example.

At least a little wait with due respect for the teacher and the road patrols who were manning the crossing would have augured well for all parties concerned.

Now I am getting a clearer picture that it’s not the force but the attitude of those in the force is the problem.


Team Rakiraki

Shad Alfaz Ali, Navua

Congratulations to the Rakiraki Football team for their promotion to the top flight from next year.  It was a culmination of years of hard work put in by numerous players and officials.

The people of Rakiraki must thank the hardworking coach Pragdeesh Gounder and the president Shanil Goundar for their persistence and vision. We must also show our appreciation to the senior players like Salesh Bula Sami, Ronald Lawrence, Ili Gaunavou Junior and Asaeli Cobuta for guiding and bringing glory to our district.


Daylight Saving

Wise Muavono ,Lautoka

Daylight saving time (DST) is a wonderful institution, maybe because it’s always been a subject of controversy. My point here is that DST has a long and weird history. Some people like it, and some don’t. Some people even think it amounts to meddling with what they call “God’s time.”

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of DST is that so few people know very much about its history and the continuing efforts to rid the world of it.

Despite controversy and the lack of proof that daylight saving time actually saves energy, I still always look forward to it.



Freedom Of Choice

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Surrey, BC, Canada

I believe that all parents and guardians will stand with the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji in welcoming the Ministry of Education’s new zoning policy, giving parents the freedom of choice on the school they wish to put their children in.

However, as clarified, this freedom of choice applies to parents, students and schools in rural areas only as the School Zoning Policy Procedure 6 (a) states that “Zoning will be implemented only in the urban areas.”

The Ministry of Education has now allowed freedom of choice for parents to send their children to their faith based school or one that teaches students Hindi, the iTaukei language or their mother tongue.

School zoning was never an issue before our current Government took over, but since the Government has a lot at stake in providing free education for Fijians, it should be allowed to set rules and conditions to achieve its objectives and school zoning is one.

Workers living in the Suva-Nausori corridor will notice that the traffic to Suva and Nausori flows during peak hours when the school holidays are on, but changes when school re-opens.

I believe that school zoning, if carefully thought out and implemented will help ease the flow of traffic during peak hours.

Parents in urban areas are to abide by the rules laid out by the Ministry of Education with regards to its Zoning Policy, but if parents want to use their freedom of choice, then they should be paying from their pockets the school fees which Government is willing to fork out for all Fijian students.

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