Between the Lines

BTL: 12th March, 2019

Some good news will soon be coming out from the education sector about progress in some rural primary schools.
12 Mar 2019 14:38
BTL: 12th March, 2019


Some good news will soon be coming out from the education sector about progress in some rural primary schools.

This is after the schools’ stakeholders decided to take a holistic approach to improve the standard of education.

They were so concerned about the poor external examination results that they decided to do something about it. And they did.

A sponsor was secured to provide shields and cash incentives for top students.

The initiative encouraged students to strive for excellence. It was discovered in an early survey that parental support was poor in some areas.

A workshop was conducted for parents on the importance of their support.

A similar workshop was conducted for teachers, school committees, village elders from the vanua and representatives of religious organisations.

A subsequent memorandum of understanding was later signed by all stakeholders committing themselves to work towards a common goal – to help students score high marks in order to enroll in top secondary schools.

One school, BTL learns, scored high average marks, that enabled six students qualifying for entry into a top boarding school.

The Ministry of Education has given this initiative its blessings.

One year after its launch, the stakeholders are delighted with their achievement, BTL learns.

There is still room for improvement and stakeholders will build on the progress so far.

When all the results are analysed, they will know the exact situation. But a preliminary report says they look good.


Anne Dunn, the Online Safety Commissioner, could be getting a visit soon from a disgruntled group of the Chinese community upset by vilification in the social media over the false kidnap claim of a 13-year-old boy.

Ms Dunn, BTL understands, will be asked what she can do to hold those unfairly attacking the innocent Chinese accountable.

The vilification has caused grief and pain and makes them wonder whether the law, including the Public Order Act, has been breached for alleged incitement of racial hatred.

The delegation plans to also meet with Ashwin Raj, the chairperson of the Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA), to see whether some media had violated the law in the way they reported the incident.

Last but not least it will also seek relief from Police to see what they can do.


SODELPA’s silence on a looming row over the venue of its annual general meeting is surprising.

Will it be held in Suva or Savusavu?

Many party members are waiting to hear the decision because they have to make arrangements for travel and accommodation.

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