Letters To The Editor 18th January 2017

Don’t Politicise Education Recovery Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori As we come to another school year, let us all try to do our best for our young. Some of our students are
18 Jan 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor 18th January 2017

Don’t Politicise Education Recovery

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

As we come to another school year, let us all try to do our best for our young.

Some of our students are still in tents and Government is doing the best it can to bring things back to normal.

Cyclone Winston was no ordinary cyclone and we knew during its aftermath that it would take many of us years to fully recover.

Some may never recover at all.

Some politicians tried to turn it into a cheap political gimmick believing that it will win them some votes in the next election.

But voters can easily see through their bluffs. To build replacement schools for thousands of our children is not like building a new dog house after the old one collapses.

This demands a wide range of different architectural designs to meet different specific needs and no two schools in Fiji have exactly the same needs.

They must be structurally strong to withstand the next few cyclones.

In the building stage, it will need careful and proper logistical planning to avoid wastage of tax payers’ money taking into consideration the scattered locations of these schools.

It will demand well scrutinised legal binding agreements on contracts with dozens of construction companies to ensure that they can accomplish the work within the agreed time duration and within the allocated budget.

It demands much hardware availability through various companies because Government does not own a hardware company.

Nails, roofing irons, iron rods for concrete reinforcements, PVC pipes, louver blades, aluminum window frames and etc, are all imported or require imported raw materials.

It needs a bigger and proper specific budget to be debated and passed through parliament as our constitution demands.

Since this involves the importation of goods, it is therefore subject to fluctuations in exchange rates therefore some contingency extensions to these budgets must be allocated.

While Government ponders on strategies to accomplish all these, we as parents and guardians of our children also have many vital roles to play.

We must ensure that our children’s needs at school are taken care of and that they go to school every day.

We must ensure that students have a proper environment for their study and not disturbed and distracted.

We must ensure that proper advice is given and priorities are set correctly to achieve anticipated results.

We wish all our students a good and successful academic year in 2017.



Rugby Gain

Floyd Robinson, Nasinu

The departure of Kitione Taliga from our national 7s rugby team has been described by many as a loss, but what they fail to realise is that this is a gain both for him personally and national rugby.

From a personal perspective, it allows him to earn a living from playing the sport he best excels in.

In addition, this will expose him to professional rugby allowing him  to develop into a better 15s player.

National 15s selectors will be smiling as this will add to the growing list of players playing professional rugby aboard.

Selectors will have a wider base of back line players to select from, for international matches. Taliga’s departure will provide many players an opportunity in the national sevens team and a chance to display their talent.

All in all, Taliga’s departure is a gain.



Corner Kick Goal

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Surrey, BC, Canada

It was a sad day last week for the QVS old boys when they laid to rest Joeli Matanisigadrau Baleidrokadroka, who was from Sawakasa in Tailevu, but lived in Nadi.

Mr Baleidrokadroka attended Queen Victoria School from 1971 and was Dux of the school in 1975 and also my Verata House Captain.

He was my neighbour when I entered QVS in 1972 and we called each other “Nebore” ever since.

He was an all rounder who represented QVS in athletics, rugby and soccer and a good cricket player.

In 1975, he was part of the QVS soccer team which comprised of talented soccer players from Nadi like Amani ‘Pele’ Rokoderea, Marika Ravula and Vucago.

Of all his achievements, it was during a corner kick goal during a match with a Nausori Secondary School that will always be etched in my mind.

We have seen goals being scored through corner kicks, but his goal that day was just pure magic.

He made that corner kick and the ball just went direct from the corner right into the net without any players or the goalie touching it.

Rest in peace Nebore, until that glorious day!

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