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Call for school heads to upgrade knowledge

Shayal Devi
Saturday, April 12, 2014

ALL teachers and school heads need to keep taking courses to be on par with modern teaching methods.

Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal made the comment at the opening of the Lautoka, Nadi and Yasawa school heads workshop for the first term in Nadi on Thursday.

Dr Lal said schools in the 21st century would be laced with a project-based curriculum in addressing real world problems alongside issues that were important to humanity.

"This is a dramatic departure from the factory-model education of the past," he said.

"It means a new way of understanding the concept of knowledge and to do this, a new way of designing and delivering the curriculum is required.

"This is why you need to keep upgrading yourself through courses, attending workshops and conferences, constant reading and keeping updated with rules, regulations and policies."

Dr Lal also said schools needed to create a good learning environment for students.

"Create a home for students and a place where teachers feel comfortable to teach. The resources have to be well utilised and used by all."

He said fresher teaching methods also meant instilling a sense of curiosity in students.

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