Stuck in the rut
Raymond Chandra Canada
Rural indigenous Fijian children have always been marginalised and unfairly treated by the education system of Fiji. After more than 40 years of independence from foreign rule the education system of Fiji is still stuck in the rut of old, obsolete and unnecessary external examinations that were devised by foreigners for expediency in the last century. These are the same archaic examinations that had always put the rural indigenous Fijian children at a serious disadvantage in the school system during the colonial days. By reason of geography thousands of rural indigenous Fijian children live in and grow up in remote rural parts of Fiji where neither the schools nor the learning resources that are accessible are nearly as good as those that are available to children who live in or near towns and cities. Many who then come from their villages to live in towns and cities find their adjustment challenging and often become lost in the shuffle.
In spite of all their hardships all rural indigenous Fijian children have always been required to compete in the education system of Fiji with other children and pass a series of unnecessary external examinations the likes of which are unheard of in other countries in the 21st century. It is indeed hard to understand whether it is an indefinite absence of perspicacity or an indefinite presence of complacency that is still keeping the series of century-old external examinations in the school system of Fiji.
A closer look gives a clear picture of the damaging effects of these old, purposeless examinations.