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Toppers 3 Praise Parents, Government

Toppers 3 Praise Parents, Government
From left: Jese Tuibuca, Taniela Tuibuca, Unaisi Tuibuca with their dad (standing) Jope Tuibuca at their home in Nadawa on January 10, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua
January 11
10:00 2019

Three Toppers scholarship recipients in one family last night celebrated their latest success.

And they attributed their achievement to the support and sacrifice of their parents, soldier Jope Tuibuca and tax officer Susana Tuibuca.

Their latest success is Unaisi Tuibuca, 18, a Jai Narayan College Year 13 student. She follows in the footsteps of her elder siblings Jese and Taniela.

Jese graduated with Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific last year while Taniela is a second year student in Bachelor Honours in Mechanical Engineering at the Fiji National University.

Unaisi yesterday received an offer to study a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. At the moment there is no qualified speech therapist in Fiji.

The siblings praised their dad and mum for instilling in them the value of education. They are also grateful to the Government for the Toppers scheme.

Mr Tuibuca, from Lodoni Village, Tailevu, said: “I am greatly indebted to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for his visionary leadership and the FijiFirst Government education initiatives.

I also acknowledge the hand of God in our family. It’s good to put God first. Without them my children would not be where they are today.”

When the children were going to school, he said, he had to wake up as early as 3am to prepare their school needs.

“Some people claim that iTaukei cannot score good marks. That’s not true. It starts with us parents. We must do our job and motivate our children to do their best. No matter what, we should always put God first.”

Unaisi scored 345 out of 400.

She said her parents were her source of inspiration.

“Both my older siblings received the Toppers scholarship and I knew that I wanted to be like them so I studied hard. I studied for four hours everyday after school and sacrificed my time with my friends so that I can achieve my goal,” Unaisi said.

“It was not easy sacrificing but I can say that it was all worth it. One thing I have learned is that hard work and sacrifice will always pay off.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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  1. Spencer Nigel Robinson
    Spencer Nigel Robinson January 11, 16:30

    Well done Unaisi and thank you to your other siblings, Jese and Taniela for being an inspiration. Vinaka Jope and the family for the veiqaravi and investment in education.

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  2. Anil Gaundar
    Anil Gaundar January 13, 10:33

    It is heartening to see that young Fijians are doing so well in education. Also great to know that the Government is providing incentives such as the Toppers Scholarship for students. Good education is very important for the individual, the family and the whole community. Good education is the only way out of poverty and hardship. For a nation to progress and prosper it must encourage ts young to do well in education. Politicians can hold their heads high when they make good education policies, and provide the pathways and resources for students to achieve high grades.

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