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Ritvik Chand Shows Way, Gets 100pc in iTaukei Studies

  A year 1 student took everyone by surprise when he scored 100 per cent in iTaukei language studies (Na Vosa Vaka Viti) during the annual examination this year. Ritvik
21 Nov 2018 11:39
Ritvik Chand Shows Way,  Gets 100pc in iTaukei Studies
From left: Reshmi Chand, Ritvik’s class teacher Salanieta Rokosuli, Ritvan Chand (Ritviks younger brother), Bhimlesh Chand with his son Ritvik Chand and Divisional Education Officer North Selemo Drokamaisau (right) during the Annual prizegiving ceremony at Kshatriya Hall, Labasa.

 

A year 1 student took everyone by surprise when he scored 100 per cent in iTaukei language studies (Na Vosa Vaka Viti) during the annual examination this year.

Ritvik Chand of Nasekula District School was awarded for his efforts at the school’s prizegiving ceremony at the Kshatriya Hall in Labasa yesterday.

Being the only non-iTaukei student taking up the class Ritvik put in extra efforts to master the subject.

His mother, Reshmi Chand, 30, who is a teacher at the school, said her son had to take the subject because there were no other options for him.

“At first I was worried whether he would not be able to grasp the subject,” said Mrs Chand.

She said the family had very little knowledge of iTaukei language, therefore it led to additional stress for her.

“It was quite difficult for him in the first few weeks of the school year,” said Mrs Chand.

However, defying all the odds, Ritvik managed to learn at a pace much faster than usually anticipated.

“He made a lot of friends and that is how he was able to master the language,” said Mrs Chand.

“This is such a big achievement for our family and it has never happened before,” she said.

The family lives at Namara, Labasa.

While receiving the prize, Ritvik was joined by his father, Bhimlesh Chand, 36, and his younger brother, Ritvan Chand, 2.

Divisional Education Officer North Selemo Drokamaisau officiated the prizegiving ceremony yesterday.

Mr Chand said his son could fluently speak iTaukei.

“He can speak the language so well, especially the Nasekula dialect,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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