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Govt Forms New School Management Council

Government no longer recognises the School Management Association of Fiji (SMAF). This was announced yesterday to school managers at Rakiraki, Tavua and Vatukoula by the Minister for Education, Heritage and
22 Oct 2015 12:53
Govt Forms New School Management Council
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (sitting seventh from left), with school managers from Rakiraki, Tavua and Vatukoula. Photo: Ministry of Education

Government no longer recognises the School Management Association of Fiji (SMAF).

This was announced yesterday to school managers at Rakiraki, Tavua and Vatukoula by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.

Replacing SMAF, he said, would be the Council of School Management.

He said SAMF did not represent the nine education districts in Fiji because it only represented a few.

He claimed that SMAF was run by elites.

The nine districts, he said, would be represented by two delegates each at the National Management Council meeting.

SMAF president Kamlesh Arya said they would not back down, but would continue with their work.

“All Government ministers should respect the differences of opinion because we are in a democratic State where people are entitled to give opinion and that does not mean that people oppose their reforms,” he said.

Mr Arya said the Minister for Education made a very sad statement as Ministers should work with people.

“If he agrees with us or not, we will continue to work and support him.”

He said the Western and Northern management were never part of SMAF and would never be part of the association and they had no right to comment.

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