Education

Minister calls for competitive school system

Students of Sabeto College were yesterday reminded to excel in studies and show commitment in order to be successful in the competitive job market in the near future. Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy made these remarks at the annual awards day of Sabeto College in Nadi this morning. Minister Reddy […]

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November 25, 2016 9:07 am

Students of Sabeto College were yesterday reminded to excel in studies and show commitment in order to be successful in the competitive job market in the near future.

Minister for Education Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy with Sabeto College Dux Monika Devi and her family members.
Minister for Education Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy with Sabeto College Dux Monika Devi and her family members.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy made these remarks at the annual awards day of Sabeto College in Nadi this morning.

Minister Reddy reiterated that the Fijian Government remained committed to ensuring every child’s education dream was realised for a better future in Fiji.

“We want competition in our school system because, with competition, we will be able to push the benchmark for excellence. Without competition, academic performance will remain stagnant,” Minister Reddy said.

“The others need to move up and raise the benchmark otherwise you will not be able to differentiate yourself. In a competitive market, you will be left behind. We have 226,000 students in our education system and we are ready to take them to prosperity but your performance will depend on you alone.”

Minister Reddy also called on parents to start engaging with the school management and teachers and take ownership of their child’s education, growth and development.

“Next year, we want to place a lot of emphasis on parental engagement, our Pillar 4. We have invested a lot and we are continuously investing on fine-tuning the quality of education we are offering.”

“We want to ensure that students who get out of our education system, are not irrelevant to the contemporary labour market and economy,” Minister Reddy added.

Meanwhile, Year 13 student Monika Devi received the Dux award.

Monika, who also received the Best Arts Student award, said it was a challenging yet rewarding academic year for her.

“Receiving the Dux award is a pleasant surprise. We had tough competition throughout the year but I realised a long time ago that there are no shortcuts to success in life,” she said.

Monika’s advice to other students is to have a dream, passion, set a realistic goal and to work hard.

The Sabeto lad plans to undertake a Bachelor of Commerce at the USP next year.

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