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Parents to dig deeper into their children’s education

Over and over parents are continuously reminded to take a step further from the comfort of their homes and work places; and look deeper into their children’s education. Getting involved
28 Aug 2017 10:02
Parents to dig deeper into their children’s education

Over and over parents are continuously reminded to take a step further from the comfort of their homes and work places; and look deeper into their children’s education.

Getting involved in our children’s education, understanding what they are doing  and what they are up to in school is important.

Should you be part of the Parents Teachers Association, a member of the Mothers’ club, helper; or need to attend the parents’ day interview, just being there for your child means a great deal.

The Fijian Government has played its part by making education free, a first in Fiji’s history.

Government has provided free Weet-Bix and milk to the infant classes, free bus fare; free text books and has increased grants to maintain school operations.

Just because Government is providing these freebies, it does not mean that we can sit back and relax.

Our holistic commitment as parents in whatever roles we play is vital in enhancing the education of our children.

We are an important stakeholder in our children’s education. We have a role to play in making Fiji a knowledgeable society and a learned nation.

It is absolutely no secret that our children are successful when parents are consistent, supportive and involved with their education.

Yes, it is not as easy as it looks.

As the final school term begins tomorrow, let’s be practical and start strengthening our parent-children educational relationship.

This final term is important because it determines the pathway our children will be taking in the new academic year.

The Ministry of Education has released dates for the 2017 national exams for Years Six to 13.

The first national exam day is October 16 starting with Year 10 and the last paper is on November 14 for Year Nine.

When your child returns from school ask them about their day and what they have learnt.

Make it a priority to ask, discuss and share.

Have a positive attitude towards your children’s education, encourage them in learning. Utilise every opportunity to make learning a rewarding experience.

As working parents it may be hard to have decent family time on the dinner table but there is no harm in asking your child how their day was whenever there is an opportunity.

Ask about their friends, it is always important to know your children’s friends.

An afternoon away from your own social life, laptops, Facebook and yaqona bowl will not cause any harm.

Our children’s education and their life must be every parent’s priority; they must come first.

Good decision making, zeal to acquire knowledge, empowerment and sharing are some good values parents can impact their children with.

To be able to impart these values depend on how much time we can spare to be with them.

If they do not get a good job or do not get the job they have been dreaming of as a child, it will hurt them throughout their lives.

From the time a child is born to the day they actually walk down the aisle to say ‘I do’, you remain a parent, a mentor and guardian of his/her life.

Get involved in your child’s life before they grow and you then realise it too late that: ‘I hadn’t spent much time with my child.’

 

Feedback:  losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj



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