From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 21 briefing



From a promising soccer striker in Fiji’s primary school football competitions to being the FIJI Water Flying Fijians’ regular fullback, Ilaisa Droasese has come a long way. He made a name for himself while playing football in his primary school days, but his attention turned to rugby once he joined Cuvu College. It was here that his talent was noticed by Fiji Rugby Union senior operations officer Tiko Matawalu. His former under-14 soccer coach at Ba Primary School, Master Timoci Jim Seru said he was happy when he saw Droasese play rugby on the world stage. That’s the big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Thursday, September 21.

We have two other stories on the front page as well. FIJI’s education sector is in dire need of a transformation, says Permanent Secretary for Education Selina Kuruleca.

Speaking at the inaugural National Education Summit on Denarau, Ms Kuruleca revealed startling figures that reflected the widespread issues that affect Fiji’s education sector today – including high numbers of school drop outs, poor literacy and numeracy grades and a high turnover of teachers in the country.

A USA national and former preacher has been jailed for 60 years after he pleaded guilty to child sex crimes stemming from incidents in Fiji. Jason Moore, 42, pled guilty to two counts of “Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places” in federal court in Pensacola. The federal indictment alleged that Moore engaged in the crimes from March 2013 through February 2016 – specifically in the Republic of Fiji. “Moore was a preacher who led missionary trips in Florida, throughout the United States, Canada and Fiji,” the FDLE said in a press release.


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