Sports a uniting force: Acting Prime Minister
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged teachers and parents to understand the importance of students’ active involvement in education and sports. Sayed-Khaiyum said being involved in sports did not mean neglecting the educational side of being a student.
He made the comments while speaking as chief guest at the Cuvu College Sports Thanksgiving Night 2017 in Sigatoka on Friday. Speaking to teachers and parents of the school, Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a general idea in Fiji that playing sports meant students would not do well in the classroom, “Just because our sons or daughters are playing a particular sport doesn’t mean that they cannot do well in school,” he said. “Teachers used to say if you don’t do well in school, then you better become a farmer, we also look down on that, we must not look down on any profession.
“We must also understand you can do well in sports and in the classroom, teachers need to understand that.” Sayed-Khaiyum said sports was a uniting force not only in Fiji but anywhere in the world which brought nations together, “Government see sports as a uniting force that brings people together and a source of income,” he said. “There are many people in particular rugby earning a living playing in France and various other places.
“It brings these individuals from different parts of Fiji together. It
creates a particular level of camaraderie, a level of getting to know each other from different parts of Fiji which is very important “A school like Cuvu College playing schools like Ratu Kadavulevu, schools from Ovalau, we have schools from Ba playing soccer, sports bring the family and the parents together.
“They may not necessarily interact with each other on a daily basis but because your children or relatives are playing this particular sport it has united you and it’s made you focus on Cuvu College itself.” Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the school management for their achievements academically and in sports.
College principal, Navneet Mishra said their main priority is to be successful in education and in sports. “We want to maintain this trend in that if we can perform in sports we can do it academically too,” he added.
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Arniv Ansh, 2, during the Cuvu College Sports Thanksgiving Night in Sigatoka on September 15, 2017.