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UFP hits out at move

Litia Cava
Friday, February 02, 2018

UNITY Fiji Party has labelled the latest move by the Ministry of Education requiring teachers to fill out a needs form as a sad reflection of the sorry state of Fiji's education system.

Attorney-General and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced last week that forms would be distributed to headteachers and school principals to identify areas they were experiencing shortages in.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was to also assist the ministry identify areas that needed improvement.

In his response, Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube said the instructions emanating from the ministry was extremely unco-ordinated and confusing.

"First, teachers are told to resume work at least a week before school starts, only to be told two weeks into the school year that they must fill out forms.

"Surely, in the interest of efficiency and unnecessary paper wastage, teachers could simply use the available technology and email the ministry their concerns," Mr Narube said.

"Teaching is often referred to by many as a noble profession for good reasons. Teachers shape the character, calibre, and future of our children.

"Let us not forget that many of us enjoy the positions we hold today because of many hardworking teachers."

He claimed that some teachers were still awaiting transfers after two weeks into the new school year.

Mr Narube added the Education Ministry should concentrate on solving problems such as teacher shortages instead of investigating the teacher information leak.

"Firstly, it cannot be termed as an independent investigation and secondly, how will penalising people responsible for leaking the truth change anything?"

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