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Ministry Of Education To Make Changes In 2015

The Ministry of Education is expected to make a few adjustments to the school system in 2015. Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy said during the National
08 Nov 2014 16:11
Ministry Of Education To Make Changes In 2015

The Ministry of Education is expected to make a few adjustments to the school system in 2015.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy said during the National Education Conference that the ministry would work on strategies to close the full work of an Education Commission next year.

“We in the ministry wish to address this lacuna by a number of strategies which will culminate in the full work of an Education Commission next year,” he said.

Some of the issues the ministry wishes to work on are:

– Reducing teacher administrative load by a minimum of 60 per cent, the term of the initiative as “re-claiming our teachers”;
– Appointing a full time administrative assistant for every primary and secondary schools; all bus fare vouchers, FEMIS data entry, etc, will be done by the admin assistant and not by the teachers;
– The ministry will be looking at job descriptions of principals and headteachers to ensure they spend maximum time in teaching and attending to disciplinary matters without having to send for the divisional education officers;
– Despite having exams for Year 6, students will be allowed to progress to Year 10; students will then choose which stream they wish to further their education, higher education stream or the technical education stream; and
– Strengthening of the Curriculum Development Unit by appointing subject matter specialists.

Dr Reddy also reminded participants that teachers and respective stakeholders needed to pay more attention to children’s needs.

“We need to free our minds from uncertainty, to provide unfettered opportunities for children to choose better options and not get deterred by their parents’ or guardians’ biddings,” he said.

The minister raised a concern on the lack of entrepreneurial education in our curriculum.

“Fiji faces a number of challenges that can only be met if it has innovative, well-educated and entrepreneurial citizens who have the spirit and inquisitiveness to think in new ways.

“Entrepreneurship education is essential not only to shape the mindsets of young people but to also provide the skills and knowledge,” he said.

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