Pacific Island students commend Parliament Bus programme

Pacific Island students attending Nasinu Secondary School were full of praises after the Parliament programme that was conducted at their school today, Monday 26 March 2018.

Tuvalu Year 13 student Sela Fatoga found the programme very interesting and educational.

“Back at home, I don’t find Parliament interesting while listening to the debates on the radio.

“Now I realise that laws are made in Parliament. I also found the history of the Mace very interesting because we don’t have that at home.

“For the dragging of the Speaker, I found the history scary as the King had to cut off the Speaker’s heads if they don’t like the decisions they make,” Sela said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Kiribati Year 13 student, Rewi.

“Now I understand about the Mace as I thought that it was based on Fijian tradition. But now I realise that it symbolises the authority of the Speaker.”

“We thought that the Prime Minister is more superior, but in Parliament, it’s the Speaker who’s the one controlling and maintaining order.”

“Parliament Bus programme has really educated us as we now learn more about parliament.”

Nauru Year 9 student Harli Canon was also thankful that she got to learn new things about Parliament today.

Commerce teacher Ranjita Singh was grateful of how the programme was run, from the multi-media presentation to rewarding prizes to students.

“After the programme, quizzes were conducted and how the students answered the questions showed that they took interest in what was being presented.”

“Good to see that the students were rewarded as it encouraged them to be outspoken during such programmes.”