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Overwhelming support for A-G teachers’ West consultations

Teachers yesterday expressed overwhelming support for their West consultations. The consultations were conducted by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his team in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba.
25 Aug 2017 09:33
Overwhelming support for A-G teachers’ West consultations
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to teachers in the West on August 24, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

Teachers yesterday expressed overwhelming support for their West consultations.

The consultations were conducted by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his team in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s frankness with the teachers on where the Ministry of Education administrators had gone wrong had won him wide support.
His explanations and clarifications on the civil service review had impressed teachers.

In Nadi, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told teachers that the legal authority of appointing anyone to the civil service lay with the permanent secretaries and not the Public Service Commission.

“I’m being frank in all the sessions. We’ve had a number of issues with the Ministry of Education, particularly the administrators had not necessarily done the right thing.

“There is a lot of bureaucracy, mismanagement of how they handle the teachers,.” he said.

He also said there was passive resistance to change.

“We are working to fix that up now,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and Jane Curran, the director for Civil Service Reform Management Unit, provided explanations to all the queries.

Sabina Hassan, a teacher with Lautoka Muslim College, said all her doubts had been cleared and she was happy with her pay rise.

Netani Momo of Yasawa High School said: “Everything is clear now as I had come here with a lot of doubts.”

Nazrin Rafiq, principal of Nadi Muslim College, said the pay rise was fair for everybody.

Donald Reece of Gospel High School in Suva, described the workshop as very informative and had cleared up a lot of doubts.

Lanieta Raidriwa also said she was happy with her pay and her doubts had been taken away.

“I am satisfied with my pay increase.”

Milika Sokiwela of Nalaga District School, said she was happy with the explanations given and was very happy with her pay rise.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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