Tech­ni­cal col­lege trans­forms dropout

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - JOSAIA RALAGO LABASA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

See­ing his child ex­cel in school is the great­est gift Sanaila Makora of Mouta, Macu­ata could ask for dur­ing Fa­ther’s Day, yes­ter­day. Four­teen-year-old Sekove Makora told his par­ents last year that he was no longer in­ter­ested in con­tin­u­ing school af­ter he went through Year 9. Sanaila Makora said de­spite nu­mer­ous at­tempts to con­vince him to go back to school, he re­fused.

“Af­ter he fin­ished Year 9, he told us he said he was no longer in­ter­ested in school, but wanted to stay in the vil­lage and be a farmer,” Mr Makora said. “We had se­cretly hoped he would say yes as the Christ­mas and New Year break was com­ing to an end, but he still re­fused. “We thought that was it for our son’s for­mal ed­u­ca­tion and had started to lose hope when we heard news of the Ratu Ilisanita Malo­dali Tech­ni­cal Col­lege open­ing up in Wainikoro.” Mr Makora said his son was not aca­dem­i­cally strongly in­clined so they knew forc­ing Sekove to go back was not go­ing to work. “We wasted no time in en­rolling him at the tech­ni­cal col­lege and he also agreed to giv­ing school an­other try,” he said.

“This is their third trimester al­ready, my wife, Tokasa Lora, and I, are sur­prised at how our son has been con­sis­tently at­tend­ing school. “He has even laid the foun­da­tion for a house here in Wainikoro, say­ing that he will see the con­struc­tion through. “I was so moved and proud when he first told me of this project and I will con­tinue to sup­port him in this jour­ney.” Mr Makora said the tech­ni­cal school was a bea­con of hope for his son and their fam­ily.

The Ratu Ilisanita Malo­dali Tech­ni­cal Col­lege is one of the 12 tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tions set up by the Fi­jiFirst Govern­ment.

Photo: Josaia Ralago

From left: Tokasa Lora (mother), Sanaila Makora (fa­ther, stand­ing back), Sekove Makora and Mere­seini Tusau (aunt) in Nadogo, Macu­ata.

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