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No more lock-out

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, December 22, 2013

A MEMORANDUM of agreement has been signed that will end the culture of management locking principals and teachers out of school.

The agreement between the Ministry of Education and the School Management Association of Fiji was signed last Friday with a terms of reference to be used by both parties.

Permanent Secretary Dr Brij Lal said there would be more consultations especially regarding the appointment of principals.

"Education is everybody's business, every parent and every citizen should play a part," Dr Lal said.

"The government has committed towards a huge budget and we have to work closely to ensure that all is delivered."

Retired teacher and SMAF president Govind Singh said a revolution was taking place in in Fiji's education system.

"At the end of the day, we have to deliver quality education. There was always something missing between the ministry and the management," he said.

"This agreement will allow us to move forward in a positive direction and hopefully matters of conflict can be resolved faster.

"We have always had an understanding but nothing formal."

Mr Sami added the agreement was there to provide ways in which the schools and the ministry could help each other, understand changes and harmonise ideas.

He said locking out the teachers because of misunderstandings between rival parties should stop.