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Nabua Sanatan Next Technical College

The Ministry of Education yesterday signed an agreement with the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji to turn Nabua Sanatan Primary School into a technical college in the Southern Division. The
31 Jan 2015 11:36
Nabua Sanatan Next Technical College
From left: Acting Permanent Secretary for Education Kelera Taloga, Assistant Minister for Education Vijay Nath, and Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy receiving the agreements from the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji national president Sarju Prasad, Vijendra Prakash and Dewan Chand Maharaj in Nabua yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Ministry of Education yesterday signed an agreement with the Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji to turn Nabua Sanatan Primary School into a technical college in the Southern Division.

The school, which was built in 1979, would be leased by the ministry for 10 years.

The 263 students who had attended the school last year had been enrolled into other primary schools in Nabua and surrounding areas.

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy said classes for the college would begin next month.

“We will get the advertisement out on the programmes that we offer in different technical colleges and the process and procedures that students need to follow to gain admission and enrolment,” Mr Reddy said.

He said Government had allocated $7million to establish 10 technical colleges throughout the country.

“Three colleges would open this year and seven would start next year.”

He said two technical colleges had been established – one in the North and the other in Nadi.

“We entered into an agreement with the Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabha, taking over the Naduna Arya College in Vanua Levu. Last week we signed an agreement to take over Nadi College from Ahmadiyya Muslim Group establishing our first technical college in the Western Division.”

The technical colleges would provide Certificate One and Certificate Two level qualification in skilled areas.

He said Government had noted over the years that a lot of students who had dropped out of schools had skills in technical areas.

“Because we did not provide a pathway at an early stage and they were dropping out of school from either Year 12 or 13 or from university because their skills did not lie in the higher education area,” Mr Reddy said.

“This will provide a pathway to students after Year 10 if they want to branch into technical education,” Mr Reddy said.

He said Government has allocated $1m this year to provide short courses to those students who were out of the education system, but did not have any particular skill to enter into the labour market.

Meanwhile, Sabha national president, Sarju Prasad commended Government in helping provide education for all.

“Government is embarking into a pathway where no one is left behind in education. We are happy to support that,” Mr Prasad said.

He said they were also happy about strategic changes and appointments that had been done in the ministry.

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