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Reddy: Teachers Told Their Pivotal Role

Educators in the Nadroga/Navosa area have been told that they play a pivotal role in the efficient functioning of their individual schools in a shared partnership with the Ministry of
07 Jun 2015 10:33
Reddy: Teachers Told Their Pivotal Role
Nadroga/Navosa heads of departments during the closing of the workshop in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Educators in the Nadroga/Navosa area have been told that they play a pivotal role in the efficient functioning of their individual schools in a shared partnership with the Ministry of Education.

This was the message from Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy to heads of departments from various secondary schools in the Nadroga Navosa area during a one-day workshop at Sigatoka Andhra Sangam School yesterday.

Mr Reddy closed the workshop, which was attended by 135 heads of departments from the various schools in the area, and held a talanoa session with the educators.

During his address, Mr Reddy said the educators’ role was important.

“Your professional responsibility is a very powerful watchdog,” he said. “Strong leadership is essential in order for school reforms to be effective and sustained, let me emphasise that the pressure on school leaders in the recent past has intensified greatly and the barriers are more prominent and complex.”

Mr Reddy said the task of a head of department was now daunting in terms of the level of exposure students had to the outside world and students being more vocal and racially and linguistically diverse.

“There is no denying the challenges are huge. The question that remains is how we counter these to ensure quality output is achieved?” he said.

Mr Reddy said the ministry was continuously implementing the strategic development plan from 2015-2018, which would mean more training to get teachers up to par with the, ministry’s plan.

“That emphasises the joint training of teacher and school management and committees to ensure excellence in leadership and management of staff infrastructure finance and resources,” he said.

“Acting as an interface between Government and the children in Fiji’s classrooms you relay national realities, marshal energies and initiatives on the ground to ensure Government achieves its national goals.” He said they would need to sharpen their skills to lead the students and those under their authority efficiently.

Meanwhile, education officer Nadroga/Navosa Vishnu Sharma said the main aim was to improve the quality of delivery from heads of departments to teachers that would assist in quality output by students.

“Today (yesterday) was mainly to refresh the teachers in charge and those who do not yet have established departments,” he said.

“We will align the performance to the expectation of the ministry specifically in the output areas.”

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