FTA: Job tests on teachers unfair

FTA general secretary Paula Manumanunitoga. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

THE job tests for teachers who undergo the Open Merit Recruitment System (OMRS) must be made public, says Fijian Teachers Association general secretary Paula Manumanunitoga.

He said the job tests were unfair as it failed to take into account the performance and relevant experience of teachers who had been in the teaching field for many years.

Mr Manumanunitoga claims that majority of the teachers who would be acting on leadership positions in large schools when school commences this year do not have the relevant experience and were not fully qualified to lead a big school.

He said the ministry had overlooked a number of teachers who possessed relevant experience in leading medium and large schools.

He also said the association would be directing a letter to the Education, Heritage and Arts Minister Rosy Akbar to respond to their concern on the issues as such and also other issues of interest for teachers.

Meanwhile, both teacher unions have been having discussions on how it could include relevant experience, qualifications and performance as part of merit for teachers who are appointed into leadership positions.

Education minister Rosy Akbar is yet to respond to questions sent to her through email by this newspaper on Wednesday last week.

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