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Meeting: 52 Education Ministers In Commonwealth To Meet Here

The two top Ministry of Education officials were on their way to London yesterday to finalise details for a big education meeting here next year. Permanent Secretary Iowane Tiko and
26 Nov 2017 11:38
Meeting: 52 Education Ministers In Commonwealth To Meet Here
Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts Iowane Tiko.

The two top Ministry of Education officials were on their way to London yesterday to finalise details for a big education meeting here next year.

Permanent Secretary Iowane Tiko and deputy Secretary (Professional) Kelera Taliga will meet the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Fifty two education ministers are expected to attend the 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in Nadi in February, 2018. The last one was held in the Bahamas in June 2015. In that meeting the Education Ministers Action Group (EMAG) was formed with the purpose of guiding delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education and providing strategic direction and advice in following up on points agreed at the 19th CCEM and presented as the Nassau Declaration.

Education Reforms

Meanwhile, Mr Tiko has called on teachers “to take ownership” of the current education reforms.

He said he was grateful to the response by the teachers on the issue of contracts.

Mr Tiko said the Human Resources Division had been restructured setting a new benchmark. He said the new salary bands came with the expectation that the teachers would match them with their performance

QVS Students Saga

Student absenteeism was highlighted as one of the big disciplinary problems at Queen Victoria School, said Mr Tiko.

He was responding to the school’s decision to tell 78 students to look for another school because of indiscipline.

Mr Tiko said “French leave” was easy when public transport between the school and Suva was easily accessible.

He said in the old days there was only one bus servicing the school. Now, he added there were minivans running daily express services.

He said the problem was compounded because parents failed to report that their children were at home.

It was common among students whose families live in the Suva and Nausori corridor.

Mr Tiko said that was one of the reasons the ministry was looking at enrolling students from the rural areas and the outer islands who would value the opportunity.

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