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Saivasa Luvuwaqa Votualevu, Nadi
Saturday, March 03, 2018

A couple of years ago a study was conducted on the level of our understanding of the basic English language. It concluded that Fiji had a very high number of illiteracies, which was quite alarming at the time.

A few years down the line and now my Fiji has more students in schools and universities than ever before, which should, if another study be conducted, will indeed see a great improvement in our illiteracy rate.

I for one have not seen any improvement in our illiteracy rate from that time until now. In fact I think it has further deteriorated.

My simple reasoning is that phrases like, "do not litter", "please put your rubbish in the bin provided", "please keep our environment clean" is still very hard to understand by the majority of our English speaking population. I wonder how best we can teach our people to understand these basic English phrases.

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