STUDENTS in primary schools around the country yesterday began their journey to tri-lingualism with the teaching of the iTaukei language and Hindi as compulsory subjects in schools.
Minister for Education Filipe Bole had directed that the two vernacular languages be taught as compulsory subjects and that the conversational program is to be implemented in all primary schools.
"As of this year, 2014, all primary schools are to teach Vosa VakaViti, Hindi and have the conversational program.
"It is compulsory for all students from Year One to Year Eight to take the vernacular subjects," said the minister.
"It is vital that students understand and speak their own languages well.
"As Fijians, we must appreciate who we are and understanding the vernacular languages is important for us as individuals and as citizens of the country."
The resources for the teaching of the vernaculars have been prepared by the Curriculum Development Unit of the Ministry of Education.
The direction from the Minister for Education fulfils Section 31 (3) of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji which states that "Conversational and contemporary iTaukei and Fiji Hindi languages be taught as compulsory subjects in all primary schools".