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Language and Law in Fiji

Prasad, Rajendra . (2020) Language and Law in Fiji. In: It takes an island and an ocean. Institute of Education, The University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Tonga, pp. 18-28. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

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This paper looks at how the language education policy, or lack of it, in Fiji affects the realisation of basic human rights enshrined in the constitution. In order to demonstrate this, the paper explores the history of the education system of Fiji and most importantly the space given to language(s) in it. The paper then explores how the constitutions of the country have influenced people’s attitude towards language. It also looks at how inadequate attempts to implement vernacular education hamper the basic rights of individuals enshrined in the constitution. The 2013 constitution states that all primary school children should learn Fiji Hindi and Fijian as conversational languages. Based on peoples’ expectations and the realities of implementing this section, the paper makes some suggestions for improving the situation.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > LA History of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Rajendra Prasad
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 00:19
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 00:45

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