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Students Continue to Choose Prefects via Ballot Boy

Namaka Public School has continued a tradition that not many schools in the country has – to cast their votes to decide the headboy and headgirl. The tradition has been
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Students Continue to Choose Prefects via Ballot Boy
Namaka Public School students in Nadi line up to cast their votes at the school’s office on February 1, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Namaka Public School has continued a tradition that not many schools in the country has – to cast their votes to decide the headboy and headgirl.

The tradition has been practised since 1996 where students from year 5 to 8 cast their votes. They also experience what it would be like when they are eligible to vote in the General Election.

Headteacher Anasa Vateitei said the headboy and headgirl were chosen from Year 8 while the other executive positions were chosen from Year 7.

“The process of this election started earlier this year where we selected best 12 candidates vying for these positions,” he said.

Mr Vateitei said the candidates were also provided the platform within the school to campaign as a chance for them to show to their supporters of the leadership qualities they had.

The elections panel consisted of eight teachers and every process they took was accounted for.

The students would choose their candidates on the ballot paper in the booths then their fingers were marked to show that they have already cast their votes.

“This is a good process because the students have the chance to choose their leaders and they will have an insight of what an election is all about,” Mr Vateitei said.

“This is a better way of letting them understand what democracy is all about and they get to choose leaders of their choice, this is the best way they can get ownership of their school,” Mr Vateitei said.

The school’s prefect induction ceremony will be held today.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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