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Fixing the dropout crisis

Fred Wesley
Saturday, November 01, 2014

The fact that district and provincial representatives of Kadavu have raised the issue of school dropouts must be acknowledged.

For starters it demonstrates an acceptance by them of the importance of education.

Council chairman Ratu Seci Nawalowalo said they were continually looking for solutions to fix the problem. Ratu Seci said while the reasons for students dropping out from school may vary, they were keen on finding a solution to tackle the issue.

And that is just the beginning of what hopefully will be a concerted effort to ensure every child on the island is educated.

As a nation we should be looking at ways to address what isn't a new issue at all.

This isn't something new.

In fact attempts to find solutions aren't new as well.

Would it be fruitful if there was a national campaign publicising the issue, much like what former US President John F. Kennedy started in 1963?

Fixing this will obviously require workable strategies. Given the fact that education is already paid for to a large extent by the State, it is difficult to comprehend the fact that students are still dropping out.

Obviously there is a great need to provide incentives for students to first of all go to school and for parents to send them there.

How about a system where "no child is left behind"?

Perhaps a key factor is the family.

Considering the fact that the Kadavu Provincial Council is also keen to see more road development works, maybe there is a need to lift infrastructure development to improve the lives of the people on the island.

Would strengthening this work to strengthen families and communities?

In the long run, would this then motivate families to get behind the education of their children?

Understandably trying to fix this is not going to be an easy thing to do.

However, it is the thought that counts in this instance.

The Kadavu council is obviously appreciative of the need for children to be educated.

As we have stated, that is the first major step forward.

The next step is about putting in place measures that will ensure every child is motivated to get an education.





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