Parental engagement is key as the new school year begins – FBC News

Parents are reminded to get more involved in their children’s education as the 2022 school year begins today.

While delivering a message to parents, teachers and students ahead of the start of the school year, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also stressed that bullying behavior will not be tolerated inside and outside the premises of the school.

This as thousands of students across the country return to school today.

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Bainimarama also urged parents to give their full support to their children’s education inside and outside of school.


“Parents, please talk to your children about the importance of us just being kind to one another, as the faith we follow teaches us. If we do this, we will not be bullied or lack of respect at school or outside of school.

Bainimarama says the pandemic has presented an opportunity for teachers and parents to work beyond their limits to do justice to the vision of providing quality education to students in Fiji.

He points out that their hard work and resilience will never go unnoticed.

“Many teachers went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their students got what they needed. Some brought learning materials to students’ doorsteps in hard-to-reach communities. I wish I could recognize you all today by name. I applaud your dedication and thank you sincerely.

The Prime Minister stresses that professional counselors will be available in schools for pupils who may need additional support and that COVID-19 protocols will be maintained.

“Children who are about to go to school for the first time, I have something special to say. I know you have been looking forward to school for a long time, although, I I know it can be a bit scary at first. But you will be welcomed by a very nice teacher and you will make new friends right away. And I know you will be looking forward to going back the next day.

Bainimarama also commended the students who passed their external exams and are looking forward to the next level, as well as those who continued their studies in higher education institutions.

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