34-Year-Old Dux Aims for Law Job with Lands Min­istry

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A34-year-old woman was named the 2018 Dux for the Matua pro­gramme at Nabua Sec­ondary School. Kalara Turaga said that she left school in 2000 when she was in Year 12.

“I was mar­ried at a very young age which made me drop out of school de­spite the fact I wanted to com­plete High School,” she said. “I de­cided to come back and fur­ther my stud­ies to fi­nan­cially sup­port my lov­ing hus­band.” Ms Turaga cur­rently re­sides with her hus­band in Lo­mai Waimaro, Naitasiri and wants to be­come a suc­cess­ful woman.

“I want to com­plete my dreams which was left un­ful­filled back in the 2000,” she said. She said she wanted to be­come a lawyer for the Min­istry of Lands and Min­eral Re­sources af­ter com­plet­ing her cour­ses in Law and cour­ses on is­sues to do with land and prop­erty.

“My wish is and al­ways has been to at­tend the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific and I hope to get a schol­ar­ship be­cause I will not be able to af­ford the fees on my own,” Ms Turaga said.

Ms Turaga said that she ded­i­cated her suc­cess to her name­sake, her niece and was thank­ful for the fi­nan­cial and mo­ti­va­tional sup­port from her hus­band.

The Matua pro­gramme is an ini­tia­tive for those re­turn­ing to com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion.

Photo: Swashna Chand

Kalara Turaga with hus­band Keasi Tura­gasau hold­ing onto her cer­tifi­cate and dux tro­phy at Nabua Sec­ondary School on Oc­to­ber 12, 2018.

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