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MPs Back E-learning

Yesterday’s student Parliament sat to debate two important motions. The session was delayed as facilitators from the parliamentary secretariat did some last-minute adjustments and coaching. However, the speakers were well-prepared,
22 Aug 2015 12:15
MPs Back  E-learning
Front, from left: Student parliamentary reporters Erica Gaunavou, Pawan Priyanka Prasad, Ateca Saro in Parliament yesterday. Back: James Samisoni. Photo: Parliamentary Media Unit

Yesterday’s student Parliament sat to debate two important motions. The session was delayed as facilitators from the parliamentary secretariat did some last-minute adjustments and coaching.

However, the speakers were well-prepared, articulate and looked relaxed as they spoke in Parliament yesterday.  Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni and Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua were patient and provided the direction for the student MPs.

 

Government motion:

The House resolve to support the Government’s initiative to curb and discourage teenage prostitution by undertaking the following measures to supports its programme for curbing teenage prostitution.

1.The Government will devote increased resources to education in schools about the health and social risks of underage prostitution;

2.The Government will move to increase powers such as necessary to limit the unsupervised movement of children under the age of 18 between the hours of 11pm and 5am;

3.The Minister for Immigration and the Attorney-General will work with the Minister for Foreign Affairs to develop appropriate protocols to co-operate with international programmes against sex tourism;

4.The Government believes that underage prostitutes demonstrates a lack of effective parental oversight and therefore will seek to introduce measures to make parents subject to penalties if their children engage in teenage prostitution.

Result of vote

Motion was not passed because votes were even, no majority. Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni ruled that motion could not be approved.

 

Opposition motion

A motion to improve the quality and level of education, e-learning in schools should be developed and accessible to all schools by requiring that;

1.The Government encourage and assist telecommunications companies to expand their normal coverage so that internet coverage can also be expanded in order to facilitate this development.

2.Recognising that rural and remote schools will need extra learning support and resources, allocate these to schools on an individual basis

3.A centralised e-learning portal to be developed that is accessible to schools, which includes standard information about the curriculum.

 

Result of vote

Passed with almost-unanimous support.  Four MPs from Government side voted against the motion.

 

Overview

The Opposition’s motion to make e-learning available or accessible to all schools saw many support from the Opposition as well as from the Government. Certain points were brought up, naturally, by the Government. However, the Opposition was quick to offer viable solutions. Problems that, the Government pointed were with time as well as issues that may arise with the decentralisation of technology and also the issues with money.

Solutions that the Opposition offered were the training of teachers especially in rural areas and maritime schools. As for the costs, an option put forth by the Opposition was the transferring of resources from the printing and importing of textbooks to the covering of costs to make e-learning possible.

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