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Key Reforms For Ministry Of Education Announced By A-G

Key Reforms For Ministry Of Education Announced By A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
September 20
09:40 2017

During nationwide consultations with teachers, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, announced key reform programmes for the Ministry of Education to improve teacher-to-student ratios in schools and restructure the Education Offices and Ministry Headquarters.

In addition, the A-G confirmed that the Civil Service Reform Management Unit (CSRMU), with the Permanent Secretary for Education, will restructure the Ministry of Education’s Human Resources Department.

The restructure will be backed by a Human Resources Strategy that calls for a higher standard of service-delivery and ensure that the ministry is adequately and appropriately staffed to better support Fiji’s teachers and improve educational outcomes for young Fijians.

Management positions within the reformed Human Resources Structure were advertised on September 16 and will close on October 4.

The recruitment for the positions is being managed by the CSRMU to prevent any conflicts of interest within the Ministry of Education.

The A-G explained that the reform programme would complement ongoing work within the Ministry of Education to revise the structure of senior management and boost responsiveness to community needs. He also thanked the Permanent Secretary for Education for the progress already made to increase transparency and accountability from senior management within the ministry.

“When it comes to the education of our young people, we can only succeed when we work together as a team.

That means we need our teachers, school leaders and Ministry officials all squarely focussed on preparing our young people for the future.

After spending time hearing from our teachers throughout the country, it is clear they need access to better administrative services and a more supportive management structure, and that is what these reforms are all about,” the A-G said.

The reforms will seek to promote merit-based recruitment and selection within the Ministry and improve internal processes and procedures, job evaluations, contract issuance and an entire range of other services that support school-based operations.

“The Ministry has already identified a growing need for a more modern and responsive management structure, and we are bringing in a consultant to review the recommendations for restructuring senior management.

We need to engrain merit-based recruitment and advancement into every level of the Ministry to generally raise the standard of services offered by the Ministry.

Because, at the end of the day, those services have a direct impact on the success of our teachers and the future of our children,” said the A-G.

The reform to teacher staffing is being carried out by the CSRMU in conjunction with the World Bank Group (WBG).

The WBG will begin a separate evaluation of school-based staffing ratios within the next two weeks to ensure resources and personnel are allocated effectively within the education sector.

The restructure of the Education Offices and Ministry headquarters will begin next month.


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