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Details Of Enrolment At Technical College Of Fiji Campuses

Details Of Enrolment At Technical College Of Fiji Campuses
March 21
12:19 2017

 

This is a response to the Question as per the Order paper, by the Honorable Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy during the Parliament session, yesterday.

Graduation Numbers

 

  • Madam speaker, Technical College of Fiji had its first graduation last year from the three pioneer campuses namely:
  1. Vanua Levu Arya Campus in Labasa;
  2. Nabua Sanatan Campus in Nabua; and
  3. Dr. Shaukat Ali Sahib Campus in Nadi.

These campuses successfully graduated 353 Full Time programme students of which 68% were male graduates and 32% female graduates with National Qualification Certifications.

  • Madam Speaker, for 2017 graduation, currently cam­puses are going through their final Re- assessment. The graduation ceremony will be organized in May in three Di­visions this year and the tentative details are as follows:
  1. The students in the Western Division Campuses

will have their graduation ceremony at Lautoka

Sanatan Campus and approx. 400 students will

graduate.

  1. The students in the Central Division Campuses

will have graduation ceremony at Nabua Sanatan

Campus and approx. 400 students will graduate.

  1. The students in the Northern Division Campuses

will have the graduation ceremony at Vanua Levu

Arya Campus and approx. 400 students will

graduate.

Madam Speaker, the graduates in 2017 have increased by 71% in comparison to 2016.

Concluding Remarks

Our future plans will be spearheaded with the plan to have hostels made available in some campuses where there is demand. This will again increase our marketabil­ity and at the same time serve Fijian interests.

Our future plans will be spear­headed with the plan to have hostels made available in some campuses where there is demand. This will again in­crease our marketability and at the same time serve Fijian interests.

Introduction

  • Madam Speaker, Target 4.3 of SDG Goal 4, seeks to ensure that by 2030, all people have equal access to affordable, quality technical and vocational educa­tion. Target 4.4 calls for a substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have technical, vocational skills. Target 4.5 seeks to ensure that by 2030, all gender disparities are removed to have equal access to vocational training for the vulnerable.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals are the benchmark of educational devel­opment globally. We are aligning all our resources in achieving these targets and Technical Education progress is at the forefront of this movement.
  • Madam Speaker, we have established 13 Campuses of the Technical College of Fiji across our island nation. The campuses are located not only in the heart of the cities or urban areas but also in the rural and maritime zones.
  • Madam Speaker, in addition to this, we have dormitories in the Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Campus in Lakeba and at the Nadroga Navosa Provincial Campus. We want to enrol all the students who intend to study at the Technical College of Fiji and the ones that have transport issues or lodging problems, we intend to assist them.

Full Time Enrolment

  • Madam Speaker, in 2016 the total number of students enrolled in Full time courses was 2631, which included : 497 students enrolled for Level 1 and 2134 students 2 enrolled for Level 2. This comprised of 63% male students and 37% female students.
  • For 2017, at present, the 13 Technical College of Fiji campuses have a total of 2795 students. This includes 2439 new students enrolled for Level 1 and 356 Level 2 students, which comprises of 66% male students and 34% female stu­dents.
  • Madam Speaker, in comparison to 2016 enrollment numbers, there is a 6% increase in 2017.
  • The Trimester 1 enrolment period closed on 10th March. The Trimester 2 en­rollment will begin in April.
  • The highest enrolment number is at Dr. Shaukat Ali Sahib Campus in Nadi followed by Nadroga / Navosa Provincial Campus in Sigatoka.
  • Madam Speaker, as per the enrolment numbers in the various programmes, I am proud to announce that we are tapping into areas of skilled labour short­age and swiftly providing the labour market with fresh trained and qualified workers. We are rigorously exploring areas such as carpentry and Joinery, engineering, hospitality and tourism, agriculture, garment production and beauty therapy and as such ensuring we fulfil the demand spectrum of labour supply.

Short Course Enrolment

  • Madam Speaker, Technical College of Fiji also provides Short Course Cer­tificates for all Fijians who are willing to polish their skills in trade and get a satisfying and well paid job.
  • The Short Course Programmes offered at the Technical College of Fiji Cam­puses are in the field of: Construction, Engineering, Cookery, Baking and Pa­tisserie, Beauty Therapy, Agriculture and Garment Production.
  • Madam Speaker, in 2016 we had a total of 7217 students enrolling and graduating in the Short Course Programmes, which comprised of 69% males and 31% females.
  • Madam Speaker, at present we have 1110 Fijians who have completed their short courses as at 13th March, 2017 of which 55% were males and 45% females throughout Fiji. There are 423 students who are currently enrolled for short courses which are ongoing and this comprises of 75% males and 25% females.

 

 

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