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Dad Overcomes Obstacles To Get Son Enrolled at RKS

Broken bridges and a landslide did not deter Nasau farmer of Ra, Malakai Ratu, from making it to Ratu Kadavulevu School yesterday. Mr Ratu and his family were focused on
17 Jan 2017 12:09
Dad Overcomes Obstacles  To Get Son Enrolled at RKS
Alivereti Cokovou (in uniform standing second from left), and Joseva Natevu (in uniform standing right), with family members at Ratu Kadavulevu School yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Broken bridges and a landslide did not deter Nasau farmer of Ra, Malakai Ratu, from making it to Ratu Kadavulevu School yesterday.

Mr Ratu and his family were focused on accompanying his 14-year-old son, Alifereti Cokovou, to start his boarding school life in Year Nine.

“We came all the way from Nasau Village in Ra, to drop my son at RKS,” Mr Ratu said.

“We left our village last week and tried to find our way down to the main highway because of the landslide and broken bridges due to the recent floods.

“The reason we left our village earlier because I wanted to enrol my son today.

“The cost of education nowadays is very expensive. We paid two hundred dollars for transport from the Nasau, Ra, to RKS.

“Despite the difficulties we faced coming from the interior of Ra, I want my son to have a good education and become a successful person in life.

“This is the first year for my son to attend RKS and I am so proud of him.”

Mr Ratu said his son wanted to become an independent person and get disciplined at RKS.

Alivereti said: “It was always my dream to be part of RKS and I am so happy that finally my dream has come true.”

Another student from Nailawa Village in Ra, Joseva Nateru, 14, said: “Fiji’s great leaders have studied at RKS and I am so proud to be part of the RKS family.

“I want to become a rugby player and represent Fiji in rugby tournaments.”

They are among students who have benefitted from the Government policy of giving students from rural and maritime areas priority to enrol at Government schools.

The Year Nine scholar thanked the Government for allowing maritime and students from the interior to be part of boarding schools like RKS.

Another parent from the province of Ra, Sailasa Bainivalu, 55, was seeing the fulfillment of a dream through the enrollment of his son, Vereniki Bainivalu, at RKS.

“I always wanted to be a student of RKS during my time, but I could not make it,” Mr Bainivalu said.

“I applied every year to RKS but my application could not go through.”

Mr Bainivalu is a farmer and he came all the way from Namara Village in Saivou, Ra, to drop off his son.

“We left our village on Sunday morning and swam across the river to get to the main road,” he said.

“We slept at our relative’s house in Korovou and we are here today.”

Mr Bainivalu said his son was the first in the family to attend RKS.

Bainivalu, 14, who enrolled as a Year Nine student, was proud to fulfil his father’s dreams.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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