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A-G warns school heads, eyes improved performance

Aqela Susu
Thursday, December 14, 2017

ATTORNEY-GENERAL and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has warned school heads that he expects to see a commensurate return in performance because Government has introduced record pay rises for them.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum earlier met ministry officials and had set out strict deliverables for the distribution of textbooks and eTransport cards to students before the start of the next school year.

He also instructed the officials that the remaining vacancies for school heads and classroom teachers be filled with qualified applicants as soon as possible.

And in order to fill outstanding vacancies for classroom teachers in primary schools, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum directed education staff members to hold consultations with Fiji National University and other institutions to ensure aspiring teachers received their final test results by the end of this month so they could be screened and appointed before the beginning of term one.

"Parents throughout the country need to have full confidence that our schools are well-equipped and have accountable management in place that makes students' success the single most important consideration. We've introduced record pay rises to our school heads, and expect to see a commensurate return in performance," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"Our teachers need to be able to focus on teaching and our students on learning, and we cannot allow systemic issues and bureaucratic obstacles within the Ministry of Education to limit outcomes in the classroom."

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