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High Absenteeism Concerns Ministry

The 2015 statistics highlights an alarming rate of absenteeism on a daily basis in our schools, says Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy. He said the issue had become a serious
21 May 2016 10:21
High Absenteeism Concerns Ministry
From left:Fiji Principals Association Vice President Setareki Merekula,Fiji Principals Association Assistant Secretary Sera Lockington, Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts Mahendra Reddy,Fiji Principals Association President Anita Gounder during the second day conference at Novotel Conference Hall.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The 2015 statistics highlights an alarming rate of absenteeism on a daily basis in our schools, says Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

He said the issue had become a serious concern for the ministry and urged school heads and principals to act now as they could make a difference.

Mr Reddy was speaking at the 117th Fiji Principals’ Association Conference at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami, yesterday.

“From a 200,000 student population, an average of five per cent are absent on a daily basis and that is a total of 10,000 students being absent on a single day,” he said.

“Now who is to be blamed?”

“I reiterate that the most important people in the school environment who can create all the differences are the school heads – the principals.”

He said the quality of leadership was central to setting the direction in a school and the achievement of good education outcomes for students.

“We cannot sit and gossip about loss of values, erosion of morals, lack of interest in education, absenteeism and drugs and substance abuse that students demonstrate nowadays. We need to take action and assist children rather than complain. It’s what 21st Century educators do,” Mr Reddy said.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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