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Follow Proper Channels, Upgrade Your Skills

  Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy has raised two concerns with teachers at the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference – first he requested them to their upgrade technological skills and
21 May 2016 10:26
Follow Proper Channels, Upgrade Your Skills
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

 

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy has raised two concerns with teachers at the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference – first he requested them to their upgrade technological skills and about teachers not following the proper channels of communication.

‘Upgrade your skills’

“Our children are getting ahead of us in terms of use of technology, especially, internet and social media,” Mr Reddy said.

Speaking at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami, yesterday, the Minister said there should be regular personal development (PD) sessions to help teachers upgrade their knowledge and understanding of computer programmes that would make work easier for them.

“With the technological advancement, increasing social problems, new ideas, there is a need to strengthen virtues and values amongst our students as well as our teachers.

“The need to upgrade computer and technology literacy is vital in today’s technological society,” he said.

“Digital literacy and e-Learning methods should be developed as teaching strategies. Analysing and creating mark sheets may be time consuming, but if a teacher is well versed with MS Excel, there would be a huge load lifted off compared to manual calculations,” he said.

Mr Reddy said power point presentations and the use of Audio/Visual Aids during classes would be a boost to students learning. Submission of project draft copies to be via emails from the students to the teachers.

‘Follow proper channels’

The Minister also raised concerns that teachers were not following proper channel of communication.

“Teachers are bypassing the school heads and writing to the Minister’s office or the Prime Minister’s office in regards to their issues or requests.

“This reflects that the teachers don’t have the confidence in their heads,” he said.

“School heads are not disseminating important information received from Ministry of Education in the form of Circulars and Emails to other staff.

“Any information sent from the headquarters or the relevant Education Offices must be immediately communicated to the teachers.  All teachers should have access to all circulars and policies,” he said.

Mr Reddy also said school heads giving false information in reporting on teachers and other activities in schools.

“There are so many issues that are reported to us by the parents and the students.

“When investigation is carried out, we find that the school heads have never brought up these issues.  Many heads even do not have proper records.

“Sometimes we forward these to other sections or authorities, thus, it is a poor reflection on our heads and teachers.

Mr Reddy said office staff in schools is not picking phones when called from the Ministry.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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