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Dux Priyeshna Praises The Govt’s Education Assistance

Priyeshna Chand, dux of Nadogo Central College in Macuata Province, has thanked Government for provid­ing educational assistance to Fijians. The 19-year-old of Natabe Vil­lage, just outside Labasa Town, recalled how
24 Nov 2018 14:09
Dux Priyeshna Praises The Govt’s Education Assistance
Nadogo Central College principal Mohammed Khan (middle) with Dux Priyeshna Chand (left) and Most Outstanding Student winner Shivnesh Prasad after the annual prizegiving in Macuata Province on November 22, 2018

Priyeshna Chand, dux of Nadogo Central College in Macuata Province, has thanked Government for provid­ing educational assistance to Fijians.

The 19-year-old of Natabe Vil­lage, just outside Labasa Town, recalled how her father, Rakesh Chand, 46, a sugarcane labourer, would struggle to pay for her bus fare, school fees and textbooks.

“When Labasa Mill opens for crushing season my father has a job, and then he is jobless for more than half a year,” Priyesh­na said.

“My mother, Premila Wati, 45, a year ago began goat farming on a small scale. We live in a small house using public wa­ter supply and solar power. Through whatever small in­come came my parents managed the house needs well and then supported my elder sister, who is now a teacher at Ratu Luke Me­morial School.

“As the younger of two siblings, seeing my parents struggling to help me get an education moti­vated me to study hard,” the as­piring doctor said.

From Year One through to Year 13 young Priyeshna had always topped her class.

“So I dedicate my achievement to mum and dad who have been my pillar of strength,” she said.

“I want to become a doctor so that I can look after my parents financially and medically in fu­ture because they are not getting any younger.

“Thank you to this Government for providing educational assis­tance. It has lightened the bur­den on my parents.”

She scored 434 out of 500.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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