Letters to the Editor, 21.8.17

Moral and holistic education Rajeev Sharma, Canberra The spokesperson for the Methodist Church in Fiji is quoted as saying that appointing Methodist heads of institutions in church-run schools in Fiji
21 Aug 2017 14:49
Letters to the Editor, 21.8.17

Moral and holistic education
Rajeev Sharma, Canberra
The spokesperson for the Methodist Church in Fiji is quoted as saying that appointing Methodist heads of institutions in church-run schools in Fiji was “part of the Church’s moral and holistic educational framework” (20/08).
Wow! Is he implying the Methodists have a monopoly on moral and holistic education? Are the rest of the (non-Methodist) teachers, head teachers and school principals amoral or non-holistic?
If history is to teach us anything, it’s the complete opposite. Since 1987, as a child in primary school, even I have been seeing the Methodist Church’s politically tainted stance in national matters. To imply anything otherwise is laughable!

Teacher appointment
Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
As reported in the Fiji Sun yesterday on page 4, a school principal and non-Christian was appointed to head a Christian school but had his contract terminated because of his ethnicity and belief.
This is totally wrong, irresponsible and discriminating from the denomination involved. One cannot force any Fijian against his free will to join a religious denomination, it is both unconstitutional and morally wrong at the same time.
The Secretary for Communication of the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend James Bhagwan must ensure that the religious policies of our Methodist Church comply with the supreme Law of our country – our Constitution.
Privatise all your schools and make sure only Methodist teachers are qualified to teach there, but please do not pass the cost of paying teachers’ salaries from increasing the Soli Vaka Misinare for all its members through your annual levies.
The Church management must inform its members on how they will fund the teachers’ pay should they decide to privatise; all teachers throughout the country are civil servants, paid for through the Ministry of Education’s annual budget. Grants from the Ministry also help in the running of the schools.
Imagine the repercussions if Government withdraws the various grants it provides and teachers’ salaries from Methodist owned Institutions, if they were to privatise their schools.

Retirement age
Shiu Kumar, Lautoka
I read with zeal the analysis on the official retirement age and in my view the earlier the person retires the better it will be for our young graduates to be in the workforce.
Why 55 or 60? Is there any special reason? Fifty would be the prime age for retirement to enjoy the stress free and disease free life.
If a person has planned well for the future with investments in insurance policies, Unit Trust of Fiji, thrift savings and other planned investments, then he or she should not be waiting for the age of 55 or 60 to retire.
Additionally, by the time we reach the age of 50, our children should be in the work force to support us.
With good moral values and upbringing no child will ever ignore his or her parents when the time will come for them to support their parents.
We must plan well for our future to reap the benefits at the end and not be desperate to survive at the age of 60 when that vigour will not be in us to produce a promising outcome.
In the coming years we want our young generation to be involved in decision-making and shaping our nation into a viable place to live in and enjoy our prosperity.

Ministers’ visits to the North
Sukha Singh, Labasa
One thing I have noticed about the FijiFirst ministers is that they have made regular visits to the North and people have been able to talk to them freely.

Cost of living
Nitin Nilesh Prasad, Sakoca
The price of groceries these days seems to be increasing every year. Consumers are buying groceries daily but because the price of groceries now are too high many can’t afford to buy them.
People are getting poorer day by day. How will people get out of poverty?
When we look at the price of groceries before for $100 consumers are able to buy a full trolley, but when we buy the same amount of the groceries now we have to pay more than $200. The businesses are on the gaining side, not the consumers.
Also, when we look at the new minimum wage rate of $2.68 for unskilled workers its simply not enough. How can people buy the needs and wants for the families?
How will the people survive when we look at the high cost of living?
I believe the Government should remove the 9 per cent VAT (Value Added Tax) from groceries so that people can get some relief.

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