Heavy compulsory requirements
Kirti Patel, Lautoka
Upon any programme or function being held in schools, some schools make it compulsory for the school students to come in a particular attire which is suitable for that particular programme or function being held in the school. It has come to my attention that many parents are struggling to find the suitable type of dressing material in the last minute shopping. Recently the drug awareness day was observed throughout the schools in Fiji. Many school children especially the primary school students were told to come with particular colours of ribbons, socks or scarfs.
One particular school told the students to come in two different colours of socks, that is one in red and the other in blue. There were many parents who were disturbed of this compulsory requirement as they had to take their time out going around from shop to shop looking for those stuffs which are not available in most of the shops visited. Forking out for those additional expenses is another issue. Such directives normally come from the school itself.
While this type of preparations for the school programme looks good, the authorities have to realise that it’s not easy to do last minute shopping as things are not available every-time in every shops besides cost is a major factor to ponder on. School uniforms are compulsory, not other things that are used once in a while. Such things if made optional will be fair to all students. Many parents have raised their concerns and frustrations, and it will be appreciated if the Minister for Education looks into this. So much for the free school gestures; I hope to hear from the authorities soon or the least expect some understanding.