22 March, 2018, 12:00 am
The budget consultation has started and I wish to highlight an important issue raised by a student of the Fiji National University that we lack qualified lecturers.
Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum further pointed out that it appears that some people do not want expatriates to run FNU and he disagrees with this. I totally agree with the student’s comment that we should get the best people to run FNU.
I have stressed my view earlier via your opinion section that there are locals who are quite qualified but they do not get the same level of work condition and recognition as expatriates.
This leads to them either looking for greener pastures or they work here but are dissatisfied with their work including salary.
I think it’s time that FNU recognises the potential of locals who are qualified and start treating them as they would treat an expatriate.
There is a long standing stigma that expatriates with the same level of qualification as locals are treated differently with regards to their terms of work including salary.
If this trend continues then we will have no choice but to get expatriates.
It’s time that we all wake up and give the qualified locals what they deserve in terms of their work condition and salary.
If expatriates can be given good terms of contract, why can’t our very own locals get the same so we are able to maintain highly qualified locals.
I challenge the relevant authorities to look into this so that we are able to retain qualified people before looking for people outside Fiji.
At the end of the day, it’s the students that need to get quality education.