Recruits told to lift standard of spoken, written English

Matelita Vakarauvanua is taken in a take-down Hapkido technique during the Fiji Corrections Services pass-out parade at Naboro. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE 60 recruits of the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) have been told to lift their standard of spoken and written English. This was the message relayed to the new recruits by the Commissioner of FCS, Francis Kean at the Naboro Prison Complex yesterday.

Mr Kean encouraged the 60 men and women to develop the habit of reading and investing in books because English was the language that business was done in.

He also added that the recidivism rate had dropped this year compared with the same period last year.

“I commend our officers and those in the private and the public sectors for the laws that they have undertaken. The recidivism rate now stands at 0.7 per cent compared with 4.9 per cent for the same period last year,” Mr Kean said.

“The Fiji Corrections Service is at the back of the judicial system where we receive and undertake the task of charting a new course for those who have fallen on the wrong side of the law.”

“It has come a long way from a punitive prison environment to an environment where we support and encourage rehabilitative corrections.”

Mr Kean also acknowledged the Fiji Police Force for allowing his officers to take part in community policing.