Letters To The Editor, 21st February, 2017

Slow readers Kirti Patel, Lautoka Some schools are being told to take the initiative and guide slow readers. This is something that always has been and will be an issue
21 Feb 2017 11:49
Letters To The Editor, 21st February, 2017

Slow readers

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

Some schools are being told to take the initiative and guide slow readers.

This is something that always has been and will be an issue in high schools if this problem is not addressed in the beginning.

The main platform to improve reading and writing skills is at home and primarily level.

This is the time when the students’ minds are fresh enough to take many things in.

I am not indicating that in high schools, the students don’t have the fresh mind, but at this stage their minds are ready to explore other academics, which is more important.

Yes, reading and writing are essential  however, if done at the right time, it will have a major impact.

In high schools where the students are supposed to be learning other subjects (which requires more attention and consideration), they should not be wasting time in terms of being couched towards slow reading and writing skills.

This begs the question of how well they were guided at primarily level.

As another letter writer indicated, at high schools some students don’t even take an interest in the library books.

Thus, the pattern get rolling.

A particular school has involved parents to guide their children’s reading skills.

Parents have to play their role as well.

Expecting high school teachers to take their time out to guide these slow readers is really not going to make any difference.

The emphasis should be placed more on early childhood institutes and primarily school level at the most.

This is the real time and place including at home with their parents.

Please, do not indulge high school teachers and drag them into this.

They have more other important things to teach. I think this has to be considered very seriously.

Hope the Minister for Education will look into this.


Power outages

Amrit Singh, Nausori

In the past few weeks and its been the same song. Reached home, plugged my phone and then I slept for awhile, since I was tired and it was 4pm. I woke up it was 6.37pm, I went to check my phone battery, which was 29 per cent when I left it charging. But when I woke up it was only 35 per cent charged.

I queried with my mum and she said there was another power outage.

I would like to ask Hasmukh Patel about these sudden power outages without a warning about the damage to our televisions and refrigerators and other electrical appliances.

Within two hours the television and my power at home switched off three times because of power outages.

Will FEA pay for it if the TV gets damaged?

My appliance company doesn’t cover power outage damages.

If Government talks of fairness, then we should have another dam and another electricity provider in Fiji.


Club soccer

Sukha Singh, Labasa

The National Soccer League has started.

Once again, this year, I have not heard anything about the weekly club soccer competition in Labasa.

Just wondering if Labasa has any soccer clubs left. I hope the Ministry of Sports can do something about club soccer in Labasa.

If you want to improve soccer get more people to play the game and then pick your district teams.


Flooding issue

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Visiting the Western Division the other day made me wonder how the people of Nadi are coping every time heavy rain and floods reach the door steps and farms.

Why don’t they make a move to other areas rather than remaining in the same area and panicking every time it rains.

Seeing it for myself, I felt sorry for these people and I know making a bold decision to move elsewhere would be difficult.

The solution to these ordeals is to dredge the Nadi River and Nadi Bay just like with the Rewa River recently.

A similar scenario is happening in Rakiraki. It is flooding every time it rains, and I believe they are looking at relocating in the very near future.

Hopefully our relevant authorities look into these issues seriously.



No interfaith

Rajesh Lal, Lautoka

Ephesians 4 versus 4-6: ‘There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all’

The Holy Bible is very clear and it is a shame to see Christians joining the interfaith movement. Romans 8 versus 14 ‘…as many are led by the Spirit of God ,they are the sons of God’

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