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SMAF Wants To Be Included

The School Management Association Fiji (SMAF) says they want to work with the Ministry of Education in education development. SMAF president Govind Singh revealed this during their 5th Annual Conference
19 Oct 2015 09:38

The School Management Association Fiji (SMAF) says they want to work with the Ministry of Education in education development.

SMAF president Govind Singh revealed this during their 5th Annual Conference in Nasinu last Saturday.

He said they were not against the ministry’s dynamic changes in the education system, but with its method of implementation.

“I invite the minister to work as a team, to show leadership, to stop being vindictive, embrace us all, let us all be inclusive, be participatory, be democratic, lets respect and care, with values and virtues that you have articulated,” Mr Singh said.

“In SMAF, we are looking for an avenue to be consulted on a regular basis. We seek participation on the basis of equality and collegiality. We are not against your plans, but your method of implementation.”

He called on the Minister of Education, Mahendra Reddy who was the chief guest, to provide policies with clear direction and foresight

Mr Reddy said the level of discourse about education that is happening now has never happened before.

“We like interrogation. We like to be challenged. We read every column written in the papers, we listen to people, we read every letters and we see how we can address the issue,” Mr Reddy said.

“The management is also confronted with a new breed of teachers, which is very different from older generations of teachers in terms of wisdom, how they used to see their core business.

“Hence management has to play an important role in terms of assisting the ministry in pointing out in regard to the inefficiency or gaps they see in their school in terms of delivery and leaderships in their schools.”

He said the core role of our management is to assist our heads of schools to maintaining school environment

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