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Higher Education Bill Passed

A Bill that will amongst other things guard against any tertiary institution from operating only for a short period of time with the sole intention of making money, was passed
28 Apr 2017 10:39
Higher Education Bill Passed
Assistant Minister Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu at Parliament on April 27, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

A Bill that will amongst other things guard against any tertiary institution from operating only for a short period of time with the sole intention of making money, was passed in Parliament yesterday.

The Higher Education Amendment Bill 2017 was passed with 27 votes to 14 while nine didn’t cast their votes.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said it encompassed all types of higher education institutions whether local or foreign-based.

He said it also covered pro-academic studies or vocational training institutions.

The Bill, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said, also allowed the Higher Education Commission to organise those higher education institutions that didn’t fall under the University degree or vocational training.

Over the last 10 years, he said the number of tertiary institutions in Fiji had increased providing various programmes of studies which also led to the increase in number of tertiary students.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said that the number of international students moving to Fiji to study in various programmes had started to increase.

He said the Bill had been created to bring all higher education institutions in Fiji apparently under a law where the definition of higher education had been extended to include those institutions providing post-secondary education in Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said previously it was only limited to local higher education institutions that provided post-secondary institutions and higher education conducting programmes locally or overseas.

He said it would prevent higher education institution intending to operate only for a short period of time or those that didn’t allow students to complete their programmes of studies.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said such institutions would leave all of a sudden, leaving students frustrated, with an intention only to make money.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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