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Akbar: Jobs On Merit

But Ms Akbar said “We appoint people who we think are best for the job and we will continue to do that.
14 Jan 2020 11:28
Akbar: Jobs On Merit
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar.

Minister of Education Rosy Akbar has reiterated that the appointment of school heads is based on merit, not on race or religion.

Ms Akbar was responding to fresh calls for appointments to be based on religious and ethnic backgrounds.

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula used the social media platform to question the appointment of Bharti Singh as Adi Cakobau School’s first Indo-Fijian acting principal.

He asked whether it respected the special character of the school. He added it would be morally wrong if it did not.

ACS is a predominantly iTaukei school, one of the prominent Government boarding schools.

The Methodist Church and the Lelean Old Students Association also challenged the appointment of non- Methodist Mohammed Feroz as acting principal of Lelean Memorial School.

The church’s president, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa, said they were assured by a ministry official that the vice-principal would replace the outgoing principal.

But Ms Akbar said “We appoint people who we think are best for the job and we will continue to do that.

“I hope that all our heads of schools will follow the culture and ethics of those particular schools they are posted to regardless of what religion or race they belong to.

“All schools are special and school heads, who are appointed are advised to merge into that special character of the school,” she said.

Ms Akbar also added that Ms Singh at ACS was chosen because she had proved her capability in the other schools.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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