MARCHING to the beat of two old empty drums, students of Ratu Emeri Catholic Primary School at Kubulau in Bua braved the hot sun as they ended weeks of military training with a parade in front of the Prime Minister.
Barefooted and with disposable medical gloves on their hands, the cadets were not phased by the lack of military garb as they put their best foot forward to impress Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama.
Ratu Emeri is the first primary school in Bua to engage its Year 1 to Year 3 students in the cadet program.
An impressed Rear Admiral Bainimarama urged the students to spend their time wisely in school and at home.
He said while it was important for students to utilise their time well, parents also played an active role in driving their children to the right direction.
Even though the government had stepped in to assist parents with education this year, Rear Admiral Bainimarama said, teachings from home should continue to increase daily.
He said teachers should not only be the ones disciplining children but parents too.
Rear Admiral Bainimarama said the welfare of teachers should also be important to parents because most of them lived away from their respective homes.
He said the cadet program should not be a one-off exercise but a tool to direct students on the right path daily.