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'Lack of excellence'

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, September 26, 2013

THERE is a need to formulate another education commission based on a detailed analysis of the outputs and outcomes achieved through our education system in the past 13 years.

In his official address during the Fiji Principals Conference in Labasa yesterday, USP economist Professor Biman Prasad said the last commission report on Fiji's education system was done 13 years ago.

"It's now time for another one," he said.

"It should be based on the analysis of the outputs and outcomes that have been achieved throughout our education system.

"Fiji's future economic and social progress will depend on the kind of excellence we can bring out from our educational systems.

"Fiji's national productivity compared to many other similar countries is much lower, partly because of lack of excellence in the educational system which has suffered as a result of coups and political instability."

Prof Prasad said Fiji was again on the cusp of another critical juncture, the general elections.

"It should not matter much who wins the next election.

"What should and would matter is how those who win will lead the country.

"Leadership based on greed, destructive envy, exclusivity, racial discrimination, lack of moral consciousness and leadership devoid of any ethical sensibility will not serve the country well.

"As principals, you are leading children who are mainly aged between 14 and 18. In 20 years, these children will be 34 and 38.

"They constitute a critical demographic bank as future voters."





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