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Teachers Make Up 60 Per Cent Of Post-graduate Class

The University of the South Pacific Labasa Campus has revealed that 60 per cent of their Post-Graduate student population constituted of teachers. In an interview with the campus director Samuela
30 Jul 2016 10:01
Teachers Make Up 60 Per Cent Of Post-graduate Class
Navatu Secondary School students with their teacher at the Univeristy of the South Pacific open day at Katonivere ground in Labasa yesterday. Photo:JOSAIA RALAGO

The University of the South Pacific Labasa Campus has revealed that 60 per cent of their Post-Graduate student population constituted of teachers.

In an interview with the campus director Samuela Bogitini during the Labasa USP Open Day at the Katonivere grounds yesterday he said the promotion of those who have completed their post graduate courses has encouraged other teachers to enrol for the programme.

“A few years ago we used to market to the teachers, now it’s the teachers themselves who are encouraging each other to join,” Mr Bogitini said.

“Because at this time, 90 percent of our HOD here are USP graduates and they are encouraging other staff to improve their qualification.

“They do not need to be told or for us to market but they themselves are coming forward.

“The biggest number of our Post-Graduates students is coming from the teachers, especially in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Economics and some of them are even doing Master of Business Administration programmes.”

He said there were a lot of interest shown by Northerners in joining their post-graduate programme.

“Last year we had more than a hundred post-graduates students and this year it has increased and the interest is growing,” Mr Bogitini said.

“It’s a part of our strategic plan to increase the number of post-graduate programmes because we realise there’s a lot of undergraduates working in Government, private sectors and from time to time they have been asking for programmes that will have help them upgrade their qualifications.”

While addressing more than 2000 students at the event, the Special Administrator of Labasa and Savusavu Town Council Vijay Chand said it was important for students to pursue higher education after high school as it would secure their future.

“A university degree is a great way to get a foot in the door at many respectable organisations and businesses,” Mr Chand said.

“In the context of Fiji, it doesn’t matter who you are, the poorest can easily become one of the richest in the upper class with a good education and the right amount of work ethic.

“If you look around all government departments, statutory bodies, regional and international organisations and private sectors in Fiji you will see USP graduates at leadership positions.”

A total of 25 schools turned up to the event compared to 16 last year.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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