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Ravatu Appointed Church Education Secretary

The Methodist Church in Fiji appointed the former principal of Suva Grammar School, Waisake Ravatu, as its secretary for education. Church spokesperson Reverend James Bhagwan the appointment was aimed at
14 Aug 2015 09:56
Ravatu Appointed Church Education Secretary
Waisake Ravatu,

The Methodist Church in Fiji appointed the former principal of Suva Grammar School, Waisake Ravatu, as its secretary for education.
Church spokesperson Reverend James Bhagwan the appointment was aimed at consolidating the church’s focus on education.
“We’re happy to appoint Mr Ravatu as he has a very good record in leadership in the Ministry of Education and has a very good working knowledge in the field of education,” Reverend Bhagwan said.
Since Mr Ravatu’s appointment, he has met with 29 Methodist Church school heads.
Reverend Bhagwan said the school heads were told to be holisitic in their approach and to balance sports and academic work.
The importance of teaching on morality to mould students’ behaviour was also emphasised.

Meeting with Minister
Mr Ravatu, along with Methodist Church elders, also met with the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, at his office at Marela House.
Reverend Bhagwan said their discussions centred on the new way forward for education.
He said they also expressed their support towards the Minister for Education.
During the meeting the church delegation also expressed some of their concerns in terms of fundraising but indicated they were grateful for the Government grants offered to all church schools.
Reverend Bhagwan said the church would find other ways to find funds as the ministry had stopped fundraising in schools.

New church schools
Presently the Methodist Church runs 17 primary and 14 secondary schools that accommodate a total of 14,375 students.
The Navuso High School will close at the end of the year, as it will become the Navuso Agriculture School from next year.
With the closure of Navuso High School, plans are in the pipeline for the construction of the Davuilevu Methodist High School at Davuilevu Housing and a primary school opposite the Lautoka Primary School.
The church is also planning to construct a school in Vanua Levu.

Ba Technical College
The church had agreed to a request from the Ministry of Education to turn the Ba Methodist School into a technical college.
Reverend Bhagwan said the church also owned the Veilomani Boys Home which runs Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses.
“Turning the Ba Methodist School into a technical college will make it much bigger and more children can be enrolled for vocational studies.
Like other technical colleges in Fiji, the technical college in Ba will offer Certificate II qualifications in engineering, construction, hospitality and fashion design, agriculture and information technology.
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