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Speed Up Construction During Break: Reddy

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy has advised all school management to complete construction work and renovation during the school holidays. During a talanoa session at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday, he
02 May 2017 11:00
Speed Up Construction During Break: Reddy
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy (fifth from the right-first row) with school management from various schools in Macuata Province during the launching of school management handbook at Labasa Civic Centre on May 1. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy has advised all school management to complete construction work and renovation during the school holidays.

During a talanoa session at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday, he said he didn’t want to see students and their classes affected by delayed work.

“I have been told that the construction work at Seaqaqa Central College outside Labasa Town is very slow and has been ongoing for more than a year now,” Mr Reddy said.

“This is school break and it is a good time to do renovation and finish up construction work.”

Labasa Muslim College manager Mohammed Shameer said effective communication was important.

“I am suggesting if a third party can be involved so that paper work can be processed quicker,” Mr Shameer said.

 

Ministry probes Naduri District conflict

The Ministry of Education has assured the management of Naduri District School in Macuata Province that it would look into a misunderstanding between the management and the headteacher.

This was an assurance given by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, to the school’s manager Pasemaca Kauvere after she revealed a difference at the school.

During a talanoa session after the Ministry of Education’s launch of school management handbook, Ms Kauvere said since the headteacher came in this year he refused to work with the management.

“He doesn’t want to take in suggestions and he made it very clear to the management that he will do what he thinks is right,” Ms Kauvere claimed.

Mr Reddy said: “We will investigate this claim.”

Ministry of Education deputy secretary for primary and secondary schools Timoci Bure assured Ms Kauvere that he would be in Macuata this week and would visit the school.

 

Privatise school if you prefer faith-based headteacher: Reddy

 

The request by the Holy Family Primary and Secondary school manager Paul Tierney for the appointment of a Catholic headteacher was turned down during a talanoa session yesterday.

Mr Tierney told the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, who was gathered with other school management from various schools in Macuata that his school was a faith based school and it would be appropriate to have a Catholic headteacher.

“I am asking for a possibility of appointment of a Catholic headteacher because we are a faith based school,” Mr Tierney said.

Mr Reddy responded saying that the ministry had an open recruitment merit system and it was dependent on the applications received for the position.

“If you want your school to have Catholic teachers, give us one year notice to privatise your entire school,” he said to Mr Tierney.

 

Increased funding demands accountability: Bure

The increased funding in the education sector from the Government needed proper management practices and accountability, says Ministry of Education (MOE) deputy secretary for primary and secondary schools Timoci Bure.

During the opening of the school management handbook launching at Labasa Civic Centre yesterday, he told the school management from Macuata Province that the budget for MOE in 2014 was around $368 million.

“In 2015, it increased to $388 million and for 2016-2017 financial year, the budget further increased to $448.5 million,” Mr Bure said.

“With all these funding coming in and filtering down to respective schools, there is a need to have proper management practices in place to ensure transparency and accountability,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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