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Rabi Island Parents urged to help their children learn

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Monday, August 15, 2011


PARENTS who are able to recognise their child's handwriting indicates their support of their child's school work, says Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni.

Dr Jiko visited Rabi last week.

During her visit to Rabi island last week, she said it was important for parents to support their children's education by allowing them ample time to complete assignments.

She said it was also important for parents to spend time with their children and help them complete their school work at home.

She said she was aware of cases where parents would wait on children to return from school so they could carry out chores around the house.

"Girls are waited on to do all house chores, wash clothes and cook and the boys are expected to return home and catch fish for dinner," Dr Luveni said.

"By the time all chores are finished, the children are too tired to study.

"A parent who fails to recognise his or her child's handwriting clearly indicates a lack of support for the child's education.

"It clearly shows they aren't helping with school work or supervising whether the child does his or her homework."

Dr Luveni said parents must encourage their children to aim for higher education.

"We have three universities in Fiji and also vocational schools which students can attend.

"The present generation has achieved a certain level of education, and we must encourage them further."

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