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Letters To The Editor: 19th January, 2019

Bigger picture Jan Nissar, Carlton, NSW Catholic parents want Catholic teachers” – quoted from Fr Kevin McGuire’s letter (F/S 17/01). I wonder if he has any evidence to back up
19 Jan 2019 11:50

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Jan Nissar, Carlton, NSW

Catholic parents want Catholic teachers” – quoted from Fr Kevin McGuire’s letter (F/S 17/01).

I wonder if he has any evidence to back up that statement or is that just a sweeping generalisation? I suggest it is the latter.

Why stop at Catholic teachers? Catholic parents want only Catholic students in their schools, a Catholic Prime Minister, a Catholic Leader of the Opposition, a Catholic Police Commissioner, a Catholic President, a Catholic Chief Justice etc etc. There, I can make wild sweeping statements as well.

Perhaps the learned Father should join a political party and give up hiding behind the cloth if he wants to make political statements about the level of support the minster and the government may lose because of a non-discriminatory policy?

I would have thought Fr Kevin McGuire would have been a grown man with a lot of wisdom. What are his feelings about the sexual abuse of children around the world by Catholic priests for centuries? Or is that an inconvenient truth too difficult to discuss?

For the benefit of the Father and the Archbishop, Fiji is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and diverse society. Catholics are not special. Everyone is special – for them, a profound thought perhaps.  If you are thinking just of your ‘own kind’ I suggest you require a bigger and wider breadth of vision.

The Fiji First government is working very hard in educating people about equality, non-discrimination, merit-based selections, while our religious leaders and other political leaders are preaching the opposite.

Public consultations

Sukha Singh, Labasa

In future could we have public consultations before something is implemented?

That is, to have a public consultation before something like daylight saving is implemented.

Anyways, thanks for coming to Labasa.

Employment scam

Nelson Narayan, Lautoka

I totally agree with our honourable Minister for Employment Relations and Productivity Parveen Bala’s warning to members of the public regarding a scam relating to overseas employment (Fiji Sun 09/01/19).

A group has been soliciting money from people in Taveuni  in return for travel and work visa overseas.

Scammers have targeted this group of people and taken travel documents making  false promises to provide employment in the USA.

I was offered a job as a “Customer Service Agent,” for  Coca Cola Baltimore USA  with a package deal of US$65,000 with free accommodation via email.

Luckily, I found out about the truth from the rightful trademark company of Coca Cola based at Atlanta, USA that the recruiting agent was a fraudster.

This appears to be a form of fraud known as “Phishing,” where perpetrators attempt to develop relationships with victims in order to obtain personal and financial information.  Common signs that a message may be a part of an email scam or phishing campaign include:

Spelling and grammatical errors in the email, improper use of company trademarks, sender’s use of free and non-corporate email accounts (such as Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail),requests for personal information and the promise of quick financial gain. Overall, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Do not reply to these emails with any information.

School leadership

Dhirendra Prasad, Lautoka

Recently it has been seen that very young ones are being given school headship roles.

This is great if these appointees have experienced the various levels of leadership in our schools. School leadership means a lot especially when compared with leadership in others areas.

School leadership needs a high level of weighting on experience in public relations, policy management, curriculum management, leading professionals, learning and teaching pedagogies, school administration and research, finance management and many more apart from just teaching and assessment.

Just being computer literate cannot fulfil this requirement likewise subject knowledge is not sufficient enough.

School improvement and planning needs experience in research and managing resources and skills as well.

The past school heads had to go through various headship levels before they could get the top leadership role unlike the most recent ones who have migrated from classrooms to leadership at the top level.

Time will prove whether this new system of appointing heads of schools is effective.

But our teachers with certificates had proved that they were the best and cannot be replaced without repercussions by those with higher qualifications.

There have been  some with negative outputs but this does not mean that all school heads of the past were not effective leaders.

Many have proven records and have had a very significant impact but only to serve under new heads this year.

Change is necessary but any change without collaboration is doomed to fail as evidenced by the experiences of the past decades under similar conditions.

Former heads of schools who have served for over more than three decades have gone home without any recognition of their input unlike workers in the private sector.

What a system we have and surprisingly, some professionals love it.

This is quite a surprise.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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