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Technology Debate At Teacher Conference

The Fiji Teachers Union says the use of technology, particularly cell phones in schools, should be allowed – but only if it is an advantage to education. The comment was
30 Apr 2015 12:46
Technology Debate At Teacher Conference

The Fiji Teachers Union says the use of technology, particularly cell phones in schools, should be allowed – but only if it is an advantage to education.

The comment was made by the President of the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU), Muniappa Goundar, during the opening of its 85th Annual General Meeting and conference held yesterday at the Rishikul Sanatan College, Nasinu.

“The Fiji Teachers Union fully supports the use of technology which should be in a proper way so that it becomes an aid and not destruction,” Mr Goundar said.

“It should be noted by all stakeholders that there is a need for a comprehensive consultation process and a policy to be drafted that safeguards the teachers if such cases arises.”

The Ministry of Education has already started calling for public submissions on the development of an Information and Communications Technology Policy.

This is to govern the use of mobiles and other electronic devices in schools.

Mr Reddy says the idea is for the sector to be responsive to its changing environment. The public has until May 15 to make submissions before a draft policy is developed.

Meanwhile, Mr Goundar said Fiji was a unique country and changes in its education system need to embrace this uniqueness.

Thousands of its members made their way to the conference yesterday representing various divisions, including Vanua Levu and other smaller islands.

Mr Goundar stressed the importance of teachers providing quality education.

“It is every parent’s expectation that their child will receive quality education in a sound learning environment and it is my dream, your dream and our dream to see that this initiative of quality education continues,” he said.

He said the education process was very dynamic and changes were brought about to make it comparative with other countries education system.

The FTU conference continues until Friday.

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