The speaker was rather game to criticize Fijian culture at a Fijian Teachers meeting, however he has a point. There is a perception that a child is cheeky if he or she keeps on asking questions. It is children's place to be rather quiet in the presence of adults, so in school many children do not ask questions. We found that with grandsons when they relocated to an Australian city and high school. They were always lauded as very polite by the teachers - perhaps because they were not as talkative as the Australian students.
from Fiji Times today: