13:05 TodayTaken from/By: FBC NewsReport by: Vosita Kotoiwasawasa
The Education Ministry has encouraged all schools and teachers to cover as much of the elections as possible during classes – especially for eighteen year olds who’ll be voting for the first time. Acting Permanent Secretary Basudra Kumar says many sixth and seventh formers have registered – and have shown an enthusiasm to be part of the 2014 elections process. We have left it entirely on the teachers and because it is a historic event for Fiji….teachers maybe asking students to write even essays as what it means to have a democratic government. Also in history and economics there is a topic on role of government, so teachers are free to talk about elections and teachers are also free to talk to students about how they will be casting their votes. Kumar says the Education Ministry is confident that eighteen year olds will be ready come polling day – and will make educated decisions when choosing their candidate. There is a lot of Educational programs that are going on TV, radio and newspapers. So our students must be reading and I’m sure they have got good exposure of how they are going to vote in this elections.
About forty five percent of the five hundred and ninety thousand registered voters will be voting for the first time on the 17th