PM To RKS Students: We Are One

“We are not a nation of Nadi versus Tailevu, of Ba versus Labasa, or of Suva versus Nadroga. Nor are we a nation of RKS versus QVS,
07 Nov 2020 11:38
PM To RKS Students: We Are One
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Ratu Kadavulevu School acting principal Naisa Toko with students and faculty at the school in Lodoni, Tailevu on November 6, 2020. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, was concise when he addressed Ratu Kadavulevu School students during their stakeholder strategic planning workshop yesterday.

“We are not a nation of Nadi versus Tailevu, of Ba versus Labasa, or of Suva versus Nadroga. Nor are we a nation of RKS versus QVS,

Marist, or any other school. We are one nation and one people,” he said.

“You are students of a great school with a proud history. The values you live by reflect on this institution, they reflect on your families, and on your communities,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“If you adhere to high values, if you work hard and take advantage of the opportunities before you, each of you – along with your fellow students across the country – stand a big chance at becoming Fiji’s greatest-ever generation.”

Mr Bainimarama emphasised the need to break the trend of bullying and disobedience.

He said students should not need to spend time looking down on others, pretending to be superior to anyone due to circumstances of birth, or any other superficial reason.

The workshop intended to harness potential to position the RKS family for success in a modern Fiji.

“This is the start of something new- the beginning of a better, more inclusive, and even more impressive RKS community,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“A school where our students are focussed solely on their studies, their sports, and on how they can honour this institution’s long and proud legacy of service to Fiji.”

This year, RKS made headlines. Students went on a strike wanting the removal of its former school head and there were reports of brawls with a neighbouring school and of an alleged drug find.

Mr Bainimarama made it clear that the school was on a pathway of improvement and hindrance to this objective would not be taken lightly.

“We don’t care if you are a teacher, a parent, or an overly-involved alumnus ­­– the Government, through our Ministry of Education, won’t tolerate anyone seeking to stand in between Fijian students and their future,” he said.

“When any of us succeed, we all do and when we set out on a level playing field in Fijian society, everyone is better off.”.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa




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