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Nadi business group lauds merger plan for schools

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed moves to merge two schools in Vuda, calling for similar plans for other schools in close proximity to each other. In a statement, Chamber President Dr. Ram Raju said: The call for merger of two primary schools in Vuda by the Education Minister is a step in […]

Calvin Prasad

January 4, 2016 10:53 am

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed moves to merge two schools in Vuda, calling for similar plans for other schools in close proximity to each other.

Photo: Viseisei Sai Health Centre
Under the proposed plan, the two schools would be integrated into classes where iTaukei students and Fijians of Indian descent would study together. Photo: Viseisei Sai Health Centre

In a statement, Chamber President Dr. Ram Raju said:

The call for merger of two primary schools in Vuda by the Education Minister is a step in the right direction that should be welcomed by all.

Existence of ethnic based schools encouraged divisions and suspicions between the two major races in Fiji which should never have happened. Ethnic based schools never allowed us to love or know each other. They always pulled us apart into our different ethnic communities which remained a catalyst for disaster.

Dr. Raju also called for the merging of Nadi Primary School and Nadi District School.

Last month, the Education Ministry met with the Tui Vuda, Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia, to discuss the plans of merging Vuda District School and Viseisei Primary School.

Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said the idea was mooted during earlier discussions he had with Vuda chief Ratu Tevita Momoedonu.

Dr. Reddy said this would foster healthy academic competition and build relations between the different traditions and cultures.

As the current crop of leaders nurturing holistic development of children multicultural and multiethnic. Vuda District School and Viseisei Primary School and now we could use these two school as a model school to harness and inculcate a holistic development of children

Dr. Reddy added the students will build better understanding and will be able to excel after competing with each other.

Vuda District School only has predominantly iTaukei students while Viseisei Primary School an Indo-Fijian majority.

Dr. Raju highlighted some benefits from the proposed plans:

  • Learn and understand each other’s language, culture and heritage
  • Share values
  • Cost savings in water, electricity, sewerage, housing etc
  • Staff shortages eliminated
  • Sharing of much needed resources such as computers, libraries, laboratories, sports and garden equipment etc
  • Academic competition will mean better academic performance
  • Sports likewise will also produce top athletes and hidden talent and sports needs to be given more priority   
  • The bondage created from an early stage will ensure long lasting love and respect for each other

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