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Unions Won’t Run Ministry: Reddy

Anthony: Regular consultations on all aspects of education   Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy says if unions want to run the ministry “that won’t happen.” He was commenting last night
16 Aug 2016 09:50
Unions Won’t Run Ministry: Reddy
Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy.

Anthony: Regular consultations on all aspects of education

 

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy says if unions want to run the ministry “that won’t happen.”

He was commenting last night on a call by Fiji Trade Union Congress general secretary Felix Anthony who said there should be regular consultations in all aspects of education between the trade unions and the ministry.

“This means reactivating the curriculum advisory board, engaging unions in central staff boards to ensure that sufficient number of teachers with sufficient skills is deployed in schools,” Mr Anthony said.

“To effectively achieve our goals, the union and government and in particular, the Ministry of Education needs to work together.”

But Mr Reddy said the ministry “is engaging with all stakeholders via regular public forums and unions are a part of it.”

“The latest engagement was via Education Forum where unions participated. If unions want to run the ministry then that won’t happen,” Mr Reddy said.

Mr Anthony said the teachers’ roles needed to be commended and complemented by the Government.

He was speaking at the Fiji Teachers Union annual conference in Deuba yesterday.

He said the role of teachers’ unions engaging with Government on the basis of equal partnership was important.

He said the goal of the FTUC was to ensure the best quality of education was provided to our children.

“To effectively achieve this goal, the unions and Government and in particular the Ministry of Education needs to work together,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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