FIJI National University officials and Education Ministry curriculum officers have drafted an internal assessment framework training manual for primary school teacher assessment training.
The ministry has introduced an assessment training program for teachers, which is the basis for the new National Assessment Framework (NAF) that replaces examinations.
The ministry, in partnership with funders United Nation Children's Emergency Fund, has outsourced the task to the FNU after signing a memorandum in Suva yesterday.
Ministry deputy secretary Apisalome Movono said the training program was for primary school teachers from classes One-Three.
"We have outsourced our training program to FNU and the value adding nature of this outsourcing is that the lecturers themselves will be able to gauge teachers' views and responses while conducting the workshop," Mr Movono said while delivering the ministry's perspectives.
"More than 18,000 teachers from 735 schools will be part of this training workshop and capacity-building. Teachers need to be trained on the 'what' and particularly the 'hows' of the new assessment framework."
FNU College of Humanities and Education dean Dr Eci Nabalarua expressed willingness to include the Fiji Islands assessment framework in its class-based assessment.
"Common assessment task and assessment for learning is part of the teachers' training program and we at FNU are grateful to be facilitating this training workshop," she said.
"Lecturers who will do the training for classes One, Two and Three teachers are also lecturers for the incoming teacher-trainees at FNU and they will be able to teach the concept relevant to their normal class. As such the sustainability of the Fiji Islands Assessment Framework is ensured."
Dr Nabalarua said the government-owned FNU was our ultimate source of academic excellence and as such outsourcing training of teachers would inevitably improve the quality of education in Fiji.