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News Briefs: 7th Feb, 2017

Forum discusses better ways to teach English English is taught as a second language in all schools but often not taught the right way, according to Kamlesh Arya, Registrar of
07 Mar 2017 11:00
News Briefs: 7th Feb, 2017
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Forum discusses better ways to teach English

English is taught as a second language in all schools but often not taught the right way, according to Kamlesh Arya, Registrar of the University of Fiji.

Mr Arya raised this during deliberations at the 2017 Education Forum at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

Mr Arya said the English language ought to be taught the right way so that they are successful in other subjects.

“We use English as a medium of instructions, every so often we hear that the English we teach is not the right way.”

University of Fiji Vice-Chancellor Professor Prem Misir in response said: “We need a lot of support structure in place when teaching English as a medium of instruction to students.

“The English language I don’t think is a problem here; it is just a question of how people tie its application usage.”

Professor Misir said most vernacular speaking teachers prioritise their own language for socialising during the process and there was nothing wrong with that.

LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

 

$5K fine for breaking child protection laws

Unreported cases of child abuse, neglect, corporal punishment or illicit substances to the Ministry of Education can result in a fine of $5000.

This was highlighted by the director of corporate services of the Ministry of Education, Releshni Karan.

The penalty has been incorporated in the Child Protection Legislation and Policies.

Also discussed during the Education Forum 2017 by Ms Karan were the changes in the policies.

Ms Karan reminded the forum that there was a zero tolerance to child abuse, neglect and corporal punishment.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

 

16,860 benefit from Toppers Scholarship, Loans Scheme

The Toppers Scholarship Scheme has been highly successful says the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy.

During a mention of the scheme at the Education Forum at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday, Mr Reddy said, the total number of students currently studying under Toppers Scholarship and Loans Scheme stood at 16,860.

These numbers are inclusive of students from the National Toppers Scheme, Tertiary Education Loan Scheme and others like the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme Technical College, Donor Funded, and Scholarship Scheme for children with special needs and existing scholarships.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

 

Increase in primary level education

The marked increase in enrolment at primary level is a clear indication that more and more children are getting into the school system.

This was a result of Government’s free education policy, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.

According to the statistics revealed by Mr Reddy, this year 145,055 children had enrolled in primary school education compared to 143,438 last year.

Secondary school enrolment, however has a fluctuating trend.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Jonathan Bryce and Caroline Ratucadra

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