Letters to the Editor – Sunday, January 19, 2020

Meli Derenalagi jumps to catch the ball during the Fiji 7s team training session at the Uprising Beach Resort ground in Pacific Harbour. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Hamilton 7s

The Hamilton and Sydney sevens leg is the next in line,

we hope our gallant sevens warriors can do much better this time,

we are defending the trophy in Hamilton,

we need to improve on discipline and tackles if we are to win this one,

as for the tournament a week after in Sydney,

for us “back to back” has not always been easy,

Now that Quarter Finals are no longer part of the scene,

just adds pressure for any team to reach the Final and win, anyway,

in our team we must have faith,

hope and trust,

because at the end of day the 8th man is always us. 

Edward Blakelock, Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Rubbish piles

Almost on a daily basis there are pictures in The Fiji Times like on Saturday, January 18, featuring rubbish piles.

My thoughts upon seeing that is wondering what sort of individual would do such a thing.

Have we lost our civic pride?

Or was there any there at all to begin with?

This mind-set that these folk have is very common among certain people who think that someone else always seems to pick up and clean up after them, so they continue to do so.

A good old fashion slap on the ears to wake them up is what is needed but alas, we can’t do that nowadays.

I say let the pile remain, if they want to live like that.

T Valentine (Esq), Lami

Teacher performance

Everybody wants a pay increase but very little is being done to justify an increase as far as productivity and results are concerned.

Education Minister Rosy Akbar has been questioned on the outcome of the annual performance assessment (APA) appraisal on teachers that was conducted in 2017 and 2018 (FT 18/01).

If we were to observe carefully the attitudes and examples of teachers around us, it is difficult to comprehend that some of them are actually teachers, for teachers need to have a great positive attitude, look professional, act smart, be passionate about their job, be creative, have empathy, and be totally committed, not only in school but at all times.

They should be people who consistently filter out the negatives that don’t matter and share and teach positive attitudes.

Sadly, this is hardly the case with our teachers and if we were to appraise them considering these qualities, the majority would fall way short of what we expect and require of them.

It is obvious that our teachers need to step up several notches to even come close to the quality of what teachers need to be.

Teachers have so much to learn themselves in order to teach!

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Children’s behaviour

Current warnings to parents to keep children safe by staying away from flooded areas and if ignored could be charged by police.

This was ignored by parents as is the practice of unrestrained children in cars which police seem to ignore, it’s the practice here and it horrifies me every time I see it.

Same as parents taking children across a busy road dodging traffic when there is a pedestrian crossing metres away.

How do you change a culture or mind-set that does these things endangering their children never mind themselves and others.

Safety like many other things begins at home so God help the children, and their children.

Des Wilson Raviravi, Ba

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