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Education commission to reform system

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE first step the NFP will take if elected into parliament is appoint an Education Commission to assess and analyse the education system in Fiji, says party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

"The last Education Commission report was produced in 1999. It has been 14 years. Once in government, the first thing NFP will do is appoint a competent Education Commission which will produce a report within a year," Prof Biman promised.

"This report will include an assessment and analysis of the reforms that have been done in the past. It will include an assessment of the status of teachers and school heads."

He said based on the assessment, the party would draw up a clear set of recommendations.

"This will be implemented by the government within six months after the release of the report.

"NFP believes that all children should have equal access to world class education. NFP supports the development of new and better forms of professional development opportunities for teachers, principals and school management."

He added they would partner with all stakeholders to conduct a review of the "outdated" Education Act 1978 to "provide renewed direction towards an education policy that is suited for the 21st century".

"NFP will increase funding to encourage all five- year-old children to attend kindergarten.

"We will create kindergarten education within the primary schooling system to ensure parents understand the value of starting early."

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