EDUCATION should be free and compulsory at least up to Form Seven.
And all schools should be exempted from tax and Value Added Tax, and water and electricity should be provided free.
Transportation should also remain free for all schoolchildren, said the School Management Association of Fiji in its written submission to the Constitution Commission on Monday.
"Government shall provide meal grants to all primary schools so children could enjoy free lunch," the association submitted.
"No child eligible to enter tertiary institution shall be denied of education due to financial reason.
"This right to higher education shall be protected by provision of scholarship and loan schemes that serves the need of all people.
"The quality of education is to be measured against international best practice standard and internal assessment system be reviewed so as to put in place a reliable measure at all grades."
The association wants the quality of teachers monitored at intake level, throughout training and regularly during teaching service.
It also submitted that all staff of a school including managers, secretaries, and not only teachers be paid by the Ministry of Education.
"Independent auditors must be appointed and paid by the Ministry of Education in each district to help those schools that need administrative assistance," it submitted.
The association also submitted that the school curriculum should be developed in full consultation with education stakeholders such as industry, parents, management, teachers, etc.
"The curriculum should include building multi-culturalism from an early age, tertiary and vocational access to remote area, family life education to start from primary and the teaching of ethics be an integral part of education."
The association submitted that a national curriculum advisory committee should be mandatory with appropriate terms of reference.
"A good balanced curriculum is a good recipe for national harmony," it submitted.