ABOUT 40 per cent of secondary school students will be eligible to vote in the next general election, says Ministry of Education permanent secretary Doctor Brij Lal.
Dr Lal revealed this during a meeting in Labasa with principals of secondary schools in Bua and Macuata.
He said students above the age of 18 were eligible to vote.
Reminding principals of their roles, Dr Lal said leadership did not always work by handing down commands and expecting others to obey.
"Some of the best leaders work by empowering the people who work for them to make their own decisions," he said.
"Even the most competent people will not be able to manage every detail in a complex organisation and must delegate some of their authority to others.
"In order to empower the people under them, leaders must adjust their style."
Dr Lal said effective leadership motivated individuals to accomplish goals and make positive changes.
"Empowerment through leadership causes individuals to meet challenges, take responsibility and become involved in what they are doing.
"Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you execute a task.
"Good leaders empower their men and infuse them with the strength to carry on through every challenge."