2018/19 Budget: FTU expects teacher shortage to be addressed
28 June, 2018, 6:05 pm
THE Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) expects the 2018-2019 National Budget to address the acute teacher shortage and the anomalies from the Job Evaluation Exercise implemented in August 2017.
FTU general secretary Agni Deo Singh said the union was also expecting the budget to include the increase of teacher intake to reduce the teacher pupil ratio to 1:30 for straight classes and 1:18 for composite classes.
“Teachers must become a choice profession through improvement in the terms and conditions including job security,” Mr Singh said.
The $223.8million increase in the education sector’s 2017-2018 Budget was mainly attributed to an increase in salaries for teachers and staff of the ministry as a result of the Job Evaluation Exercise which was part of Civil Service Reforms. The increase was also directed at funding 250 additional teaching positions (200 in primary schools and 50 in secondary schools).