Prisons

Prison officers learn French

The Fiji Corrections Services is investing in their prison wardens by sending them to attend French-speaking classes. Assistant Commissioner Administration, Apimeleki Taukei told Newswire the prison officers will undergo two lessons per week for the next ten weeks. The main reason behind this initiative is because of the recent influx of foreign inmates are coming […]

Peni Shute

February 3, 2016 9:50 pm

The Fiji Corrections Services is investing in their prison wardens by sending them to attend French-speaking classes.

Assistant Commissioner Administration, Apimeleki Taukei told Newswire the prison officers will undergo two lessons per week for the next ten weeks.

The main reason behind this initiative is because of the recent influx of foreign inmates are coming into the country, it has given us a challenge to ensure that we are able to interpret those different kinds of language into the Fijian language to make it easier for us to work.

Mr Taukei said there were less than five French-speaking inmates in prisons while most foreign prisoners were Asians.

For us at this moment we are engaged in UN missions in some French speaking countries, so that is also an added initiative for us to ensure that some of our officers are well versed with French to prepare them for the UN missions in South Sudan and other countries.

Right now we don’t actually have any who’s French but we have some who are French speaking inmates from some other countries who have French language. We might have about four or five.

The course is funded by the Fiji Corrections Services and they will be looking at studying other foreign languages shortly.

We’ve just finished with course in mandarin, in Chinese. Hopefully we will might look into other languages later.

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