MOE runs low on skills

Graduates from Corpus Christi Teachers College waiting outside Marela House as they wait for news about their postings for the 2019 academic year. Picture: FILE: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THE Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has identified immediate skills shortage in a number of areas for teaching staff.

After its recruitment activities for this year, the ministry, in a circular to secondary school principals and career counsellors, outlined the shortage of skilled teachers in subjects such as mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and industrial arts.

The ministry also lacks teachers who are diploma and degree holders in subjects that are to be taught in secondary schools around the country.

The circular also stated there was an acute shortage of qualified and skilled primary, early childhood education and also educational psychology teachers.

Meanwhile, the two teacher unions — Fijian Teachers Association and Fiji Teachers Union — also stated that they were aware of the continuing shortage of teachers on the said subjects.

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