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Education initiatives a challenge

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE Ministry of Education's robust move in implementing numerous policies has got school managers talking about the challenges they faced.

At the School Management Association of Fiji annual general conference in Suva on Thursday, association president Govind Singh said new policies, reforms, and demands had created new challenges and opportunities.

"While several managements have the capacity to deal with the situation, unfortunately not all have the required structures or the support mechanisms to readily adopt and accept the changes that are required as a result of the new initiatives and policies of the Education Ministry," Mr Singh said.

"All these policies are now in force and apply to all our schools, not only that these policies have a legal implication on our school buildings, our school environment, our children, the teachers and parents, these policies put school managers under the spotlight as there are legal consequences for non-compliance."

He said while some had the opportunity to debate those policies by virtue of being members of the national education forum or divisional school management boards, others did not have the opportunity to be involved.

"Some of us here may not have convened meetings at our own schools to dwell on these policies, understand them and comply.

"Those who have the resources, planning and implementing capacities and well-developed managerial expertise have succeeded in implementation and compliance to a large extent."

Some of the policies are the child protection, behaviour management in schools, transfer and promotion, child labour and research.

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