Head Boy, 26: Age Is Just A Number 

‘I have been farming for more than seven years before I decided to go back to school’
12 Mar 2021 11:53
Head Boy, 26: Age Is Just A Number 
Head girl Lanieta Vuniyaca and head boy Semi Tubuitamana of Gau Secondary School.

Age is just a number, Says 26-year-old head boy.

No one is ever too old to get an education and age should never be a barrier, says Semi Tubuitamana.

The 26-year-old is the head boy of Gau Secondary School.

He is a second-year vocational student doing carpentry and joinery.

He hails from Naitutu Village in Tailevu.

He is also a yaqona farmer which he hopes to help pay his fees next year when he joins the Fiji National University.

“I have been the head boy for this school for the second time. They appointed me last year when I joined vocational and this year again,” Mr Tubuitamana said.

“Most people ask me why I would want to go back to school when I am already farming, and I was too old to be in school.

“Age is just a number and it should never stop someone from getting an education. Education is important and we continue to learn until we die.

“I live with my aunt in Nawaikama Village in Gau and she brought me up,” he said.

“I attended Year Nine to Year 13 at Ratu Kadavulevu School before I joined the Fiji National University to further my education.

“Things got tough financially, I decided to go back to Gau and started yaqona farming.

“I have been farming for more than seven years before I decided to go back to school.”

Mr Tubuitamana thanked the teachers for believing in him.

“I need to be a role model to the students at all times,” he said.

“Being a leader is not an easy task, but with the help of the other prefects everything will be okay.

“Discipline starts from home and this makes it easier for us here at school.”

Head girl Lanieta Vuniyaca said she would continue to make her parents proud.

The 18-year-old wants to be a doctor.

The deputies are Losalini Ledua and Laitia Koli.




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