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Ali Pays Tribute To Sick Parents

His parents’ absence failed to dampen Zubel Zaid Ali’s spirit during his graduation yesterday. The national certificate level 2 in cookery graduate was among 473 students who graduated from three
29 Aug 2017 11:00
Ali Pays Tribute To Sick Parents
Zubel Zaid Ali on August 28, 2017 after his graduation in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

His parents’ absence failed to dampen Zubel Zaid Ali’s spirit during his graduation yesterday.

The national certificate level 2 in cookery graduate was among 473 students who graduated from three technical colleges.

The graduation ceremony was at the Nabua Technical  College in Suva.

Mr Ali’s father  suffered a stroke and was recovering in hospital. His mother had a left foot operation and recovering at home.

Mr Ali, 26, of Sawani, Naitasiri,  studied at Nabua Technical College. He paid tribute to his parents for helping him get through the programme.The other graduates were from Navua and Nausori Technical Colleges.

Other  students graduated in various disciplines like engineering, mechanical, tourism and hospitality.

“I am happy that my sister and nephew are here to support me but unfortunately my parents could not come today,” Mr Ali said.

“I am thankful to my parents and I hope that what I have achieved today will make them and the rest of my family proud.”

He said he hoped to further his studies at the Fiji National University next year.

Meanwhile, Harish Chand, 52, of Makoi, could not  hide his joy when he witnessed his youngest child walk to the podium to collect her level 1 Certificate in Cookery.

He said he was not surprised with daughter, Kajal Kiaran Lata’s achievement.

Proud parents Geda Chand (left) and Harish Chand congratulate their daughter Kajal Kiaran Lata after her graduation in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Proud parents Geda Chand (left) and Harish Chand congratulate their daughter Kajal Kiaran Lata after her
graduation in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

“She is always cooking at home so it wasn’t really a surprise to me that she wanted to take up this field of study and I know she will enjoy this field of work,” he said.

“The Government is giving us this opportunity, so I think we should take it because it’s giving our children a good education and a chance to find good jobs outside of Fiji.”

Ms Lata, 20, said she was equally excited to be graduating in a field that she was pasionate about.

“I am thankful to God for giving me the strength to complete my studies in a field I love,” she said.

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts wanted more females to enrol in technical colleages, said the Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Iowane Tiko. 

Technical College students from the Eastern Division graduated in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Technical College students from the Eastern Division graduated in Nabua on August 28, 2017.
Photo: Salote Qalubau

Students from the Anjuman Hidayat ul Islam campus in Nausori after the graduation ceremony in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Students from the Anjuman Hidayat ul Islam campus in Nausori after the graduation ceremony in Nabua on August 28, 2017. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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