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Quality of Education and Graduates Not Up To Par

The quality of education and graduates has been declining, says the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy. Mr Reddy said teachers may not have a direct influence on
08 Jan 2016 09:30
Quality of Education and Graduates Not Up To Par
Participants during the Fiji Education National Consultation at Penang Sangam High School yesterday. Photo: Luke Nacei

The quality of education and graduates has been declining, says the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.

Mr Reddy said teachers may not have a direct influence on the outcome of results, however they could ensure the output is delivered.

“Our teachers’ delivery is a major issue.

“They are undertaking input based teaching rather than output and outcomes-based teaching.”

He said this could be due to the curriculum being below the standard of some of the countries whose graduates were very strong at equivalent level.

“Teacher evaluation has been a wasteful exercise with ratings given not reflecting actual performance.”

Mr Reddy also said the previous withdrawal of exams had contributed to students not being able to stay focused.

“Absence of external standardised assessment would motivate students to work harder and ensure them to move on to high level without being adequately prepared.”

He said past governments neglect had caused uneven resources and quality of infrastructure across Fiji with poor supervision by school heads and poor divisional purview and feedback to headquarters.

Mr Reddy added that all school heads would be held accountable if their teachers did not perform to the required standards.

“We are now working closely with divisional heads to ensure they do provide the kind of support to schools that is required of them,” he said.

“They will also be held accountable for the performance of the schools in their region.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback: luke.nacei@fijisun.com.fj

 

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