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Role models

Shayal Devi
Saturday, April 12, 2014

TEACHERS need to be good listeners and positive role models inside and outside the classroom, says Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal.

Speaking at the opening of the Lautoka, Nadi and Yasawa school heads workshop in Nadi yesterday, Dr Lal said teachers needed to maintain standards of teaching practices and professional conduct.

"Teachers' work is also shaped by other important values of public life including selfishness, integrity, honesty, objectivity, accountability, openness and leadership," he said.

"In addition to commitment on the part of teachers themselves, successful training and learning rely on the goodwill and support of others.

"Employers and school leaders have a critical role to play in supporting teachers to meet their obligations and to continually develop their practice."

He also urged school heads to work well with other staff members to achieve efficient and effective school systems.

"Many school heads hold on to important tasks and believe critical tasks have to be personally performed. This leads to burnout and a lack of support from staff members who feel they are under-utilised and not valued.

"Delegation is critical for both the survival of a school and the success of a school head. It saves your energy and empowers staff with responsibility."

About 100 school headteachers and principals attended the day-long meeting yesterday.

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