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Education strategies

Vishaal Kumar
Sunday, February 04, 2018

THE Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) is planning to introduce a number of strategies to help the education sector this year.

FHEC director Linda Aumua said this included a plan for the first higher education strategy in the country.

Ms Aumua said the strategy would require higher education institutions to provide specific data and create stronger links with the industry to develop greater capability.

"This is especially when developing curriculum and ensuring they engage with the industry so that their students gain employment," she said.

"There will also be a greater drive to ensure greater equity and access for students."

Ms Aumua said they were also reviewing the apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, industry stakeholders and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

"This will require the industry to be closely involved so that we can get the best outcome for the apprentice and the employers.

"The opportunity has arisen for technical colleges and vocational education to partner to review the sector and ensure that we have career pathways in place for students so that they can progress easily through the system."

She added the FHEC was in the process of developing a teacher qualification for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

"All teachers in this sector will be qualified and trained to deliver in their specific area like carpentry and automotive.

"They will also be trained to assess students and ensure they meet the competencies required to attain the qualification being offered."

Ms Aumua said one of the biggest efforts was to integrate higher education into the Fiji Education Management Information System data base which currently holds primary and secondary school data.

"We are now building in higher education.

"This means that in the future you should be able to track a child from early childhood, through primary and secondary and then into higher education and employment."

She said FHEC was reviewing their monitoring and evaluation system, which required all institutes to be compliant and meet the quality which they were setting as the minimum standards to offer a qualification in Fiji.

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