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Full Marks For Teaching Reforms

Changes to be implemented by the Ministry of Education next year and announced by the Minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy, are commendable. They should be welcomed by all who care for
08 Nov 2014 20:35
Full Marks For Teaching Reforms

Changes to be implemented by the Ministry of Education next year and announced by the Minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy, are commendable. They should be welcomed by all who care for our children.

One is that the ministry will reduce teacher administrative load by a minimum of 60 per cent so that the teachers return to undertake their core responsibility in teaching and learning. This initiative is known as “re-claiming our teachers”.

This is really good. Currently we see many of the most experienced teachers with teaching work loads reduced so that they spend more time doing administrative work.

Some principals in bigger schools are not teaching as they just concentrate on the overall administration of the school.

As from next year, the ministry will appoint a full time administration assistant in every primary and secondary School. Their job is to take on all the administrative work/data entry that was previously undertaken by teachers.

The teachers will pass all their data entry to this officer. All bus fare voucher, Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) data entry etc will be done by this administration officer and not by the teachers

This will also free teachers to do what they are trained and educated to do: Teach.

To make this happen the ministry will re-look at job descriptions of principals and head teachers so that they ensure that teachers spend the maximum time in teaching and learning.

Another initiative is that the ministry will see that all syllabus be completed by Term II so that Term III is spent on structured revision work and remedial classes for students.

Weekly reports will be collected from schools on the remedial work and student evaluation of teachers will be undertaken facilitated by principals and head teachers.

In the ministry’s bid to ensure that all teachers cover the full syllabus in a given year and that students and stakeholders get to know the correct status of student’s performance, it will now make the following changes to our examination and assessment policy from Year 6 to Year 10:

a. All school-based annual exams will now be replaced by a Final exam that will be prepared by the ministry.

b. A marking and solutions guide will be provided by our CDU and Exams Office which will be provided to all schools which will be used by the teachers to mark this final exams;

c. Answer scripts for exams in Year 6, 10, 12 and 13 will be marked by a different set of examiners appointed by the ministry.

Teachers especially principals and head teachers should respond positively to the changes.

They are all designed to help them develop a better educated Fiji. That in turn helps develop a better Fiji.

 




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