23 Apr 2013

Fiji youth advocate against constitution dictating compulsory school subjects

1:54 pm on 23 April 2013

A Fiji youth advocate is vehemently opposed to the latest draft constitution putting legal obligations on certain subjects being taught in schools.

The Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Fiji Village that the constitution may require any education institute to teach subjects regarding teenage pregnancy, smoking and HIV issues.

But Peter Waqavonovono says it should be left up to the discretion of each school what subjects get taught.

"A person has the right to education but at the same time they get or have the right to choose what they want to learn. And at the same time schools have the right to choose what subjects they need to teach the students."

Peter Waqavonovono says he will put in a submission in favour of bringing back the Yash Ghai draft constitution.

People have until the 30th of April to make submissions on the draft constitution.