System review

AG and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the budget consultation at the Vashist Muni College in Navua yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

AG and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the budget consultation at the Vashist Muni College in Navua yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE entire school curriculum system in Fiji needs to be relooked at with ths phasing out outdated methodologies of teaching, says Minister for Economy and Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said this in response to a Suva Muslim College student yesterday who questioned why Year 12 and Year 13 students were still required to compile their English projects in handwritten format.

“With our society moving towards a modernised communal as a whole, whiteboards, projectors implemented in place of the traditional blackboards, chalk and dusters of a school,” the student asked.

“My question is why students in Form Six and Form Seven are still being asked to write up their English projects, twice in a book, inclusive of two drafts and final copy, rather than having it typed.”

This question drew applause and loud cheers from the hundreds of Year 12 and Year 13 students from the high schools in the Central Division that gathered at the 2018/2019 Budget consultation for students at Suva Grammar School in Nasese, Suva.

The students also jointly clarified that this was a requirement put to them by their teachers.

While apologising on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he was not aware of this.

“Obviously this is something very important.

“Unfortunately some people in the Ministry of Education have not caught up to the 21st century,” he said.

“The entire school curriculum needs to be relooked at. So what we are doing now is I am reaching out to a few development partners and to a few countries, to get somebody to do a review of our curriculum system.”