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Council Looks Into Students Performance

With infrastructure projects for Nadroga/Navosa district schools showing progress the Ministry of Education is now setting its sights on the academic performances of secondary and primary students. There are a
11 Apr 2015 11:02
Council Looks Into Students Performance
Members of the Nadroga/Navosa province during the Bose ni Yasana yesterday in Nahigatoka Village. Photo: Salote Qalubau

With infrastructure projects for Nadroga/Navosa district schools showing progress the Ministry of Education is now setting its sights on the academic performances of secondary and primary students.

There are a total of 70 kindergarten centres, 61 primary schools and about 15 secondary schools at present within the boundary of the province. At present there are eight school upgrades completed which have yet to be officially opened.

The schools upgrading which cost a total of $583,361.88 included Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Primary school, Malomalo Primary school, Batiri Public school, Ratu Filise Memorial Vatutoko Primary school, Tagaqe district school, Namatakula district school and Vatutoko Bainimarama Primary school.

During the last provincial meeting, senior education officer secondary Apenisa Kurisaqila highlighted the need for improvement in the academic performance of students in the Nadroga/Navosa province.

Concerns were also raised about the push for quality education from the Tokoatoka, Mataqali, Yavusa, Koro and finally the Tikina as a whole in a three-year-period ahead.

It was discussed in the last Provincial meeting that students often faced difficulties in their homes such as a lack of sufficient food and clothing, particularly those furthering their studies in the urban areas.

The Fijian Education Unit Mentoring & Monitoring Committee had highlighted this issue with the provincial council and members of the committee had also presented a plan to address those issues commonly faced by iTaukei students.

Divisional Planning officer Sitiveni Tavaga said it was the Government’s policy that students fulfil the academic requirement of 12 years in the education stream until tertiary level.

He said this issue was also common in the Ra province.

“We are trying to address those issues by working with all relevant agencies such as the district officers, provincial officers, Ministry of Education and Welfare,” he said.

Mr Tavaga said the Government was focussing its efforts in providing funding but contributions from other agencies were needed.

“We are all trying to address the issue of children not attending school when they are supposed to, however, we will try to partner up with other agencies to widen our coverage span in assisting the education sector,” he said.

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