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Quality Teachers Needed Across The Board

The Ministry of Education wants to see that quality teachers are posted to all schools, including early childhood (ECE) and special education. Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary for
05 Jan 2018 11:00
Quality Teachers Needed Across The Board
Teachers sitting their test at Jai Narayan College as part of the selection process required by the Ministry of Education on January 2, 2018 Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Ministry of Education wants to see that quality teachers are posted to all schools, including early childhood (ECE) and special education.

Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary for Education, Deputy Permanent Secretary Timoci Bure said those teachers that applied for ECE and Special Education posts also sat the Teachers Test which was conducted around the country on Tuesday this week.

The ministry is still in the processing of tallying numbers from the various centres in order to determine how many teachers are eligible.

The new school year starts on January 15 but teachers are required to report for duty on Wednesday, January 10.

Earlier this week, Mr Bure said there were 1235 teaching posts in primary and secondary schools. It is the ministry’s plan to have these vacancies filled immediately as the new academic year starts.

“Be reminded that these positions in primary and secondary include temporary civil servants (TCS) position and vacant positions created by retirement, resignation and establishment of new schools,” Mr Bure said.

He said when ECE and Special Education posts were included together with primary and secondary posts, the total number of posts would be close to 2,500.

This means the need by ECE and Special school outnumbers the 1235 posts that need to be filled immediately. The justification of the higher figure is that the number of ECE centres has dramatically increased over the years.

It follows a push by the Government to solidify the learning process of children starting at pre-primary school level. Consequently, almost every village in the rural areas now has its own kindergarten which are manned by ministry-appointed and paid-for teachers.

However, some ECE teachers are paid by local village committees.

A release from the Ministry of Education had said that all

new teachers should be informed of their new postings before January 10.

Meanwhile, on the teachers and students bound for Rotuma, Mr Bure said the government vessel MV Cagivou would be leaving the Government Jetty, Walu Bay on January 08.

“This trip is specifically for teachers and students.”

Passengers, he said, were advised to be at Government Shipping Services (GSS) Walu Bay an hour before departure.

He said the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) would conduct a safety briefing at the Walu Bay canteen followed by the announcement of names of authorised passengers for the Rotuma-bound trip.

All cargo is to be loaded before close of business on today (January 5).

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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