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Call to uphold Catholic education

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, January 27, 2013

THERE is a need to change staffing for Catholic schools in order to revitalise the early missionaries' commitment to education and to uphold the values and principles of Catholic education.

Archbishop Elect Father Peter Loy Chong said education played a vital role in all churches and that the Roman Catholic Church was keen to ensure that their schools upheld the level of education that they were known for in the past.

"We need to change school staffing and bring in catholic teachers within Catholic schools in order to inculcate in children the values of catholic education which the early missionaries had started in Fiji," he said. "I am aware of the commendable standards of most Catholic schools around the country and am also aware of schools that have fallen from these standards but it is too early to comment on anything as I am new on the scene.

"However, there is a need to uplift the standards of education in our schools and we will ensure this is done."

Father Chong said the Catholic Church, like other churches in the country valued education and used it as a tool to reach out to people.