Education ministry completes investigations into classroom teacher appointments

Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: FT FILE

A MAJOR investigation conducted by Fiji’s Ministry of Education from January this year has resulted in the termination of one officer’s contract and the issuance of 10 warning letters to others involved.
The ministry yesterday announced the completion of investigations into the handling of the classroom teacher appointments that had commenced earlier this year.
A statement issued by the ministry said the investigation identified the root causes of issues behind the delays, which were now being addressed.
Minister for Education and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in the statement that it was very disturbing to note the release of false and misleading information by those involved.
“Systemic problems have long been entrenched within the ministry, and those problems are now actively being resolved through better, more transparent policy and clearer direction for the staff involved,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was quoted saying.
“We will ensure that the ministry serves its teachers to allow them to focus entirely on the teaching of Fiji’s students.
“We will remain vigilant in this mission, and will continue to investigate any claims that impact the well-being and workplace environment of teachers, while also undertaking a serious program of reforms to tackle the underlying issues affecting Fijian teachers around the country.”