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Treat teachers fairly: Ro Teimumu to Govt

Opposition Leader Ro Teimu­mu Kepa has called on the Government to treat teachers fairly. In response to the Attorney-Gener­al Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum’s minis­terial statement, Ro Teimumu said that minister emphasised the
16 Mar 2018 11:00
Treat teachers fairly: Ro Teimumu to Govt
Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Opposition Leader Ro Teimu­mu Kepa has called on the Government to treat teachers fairly.

In response to the Attorney-Gener­al Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum’s minis­terial statement, Ro Teimumu said that minister emphasised the need to make high quality teaching a prior­ity and tackle the challenges facing education.

Ro Teimumu said this meant a con­ducive teaching and learning envi­ronment was crucial to a good edu­cation.

“In this regard, teachers who are on the front line must be in a posi­tive frame of mind to deal with the school environment,” Ro Teimumu said.

“This means teachers must be fair­ly treated.”

She said if teachers were given a contract, the contract must be hon­oured, if the contract was up for renewal and they fulfil the require­ment, it must be renewed.

However, she said teachers must not be left in the dark about delay in pay.

“Be proactive. Get your act in order and when they are given a contract, please, please give them a fair wage.”

Ro Teimumu said they understood the ministry had a new minister and a new permanent secretary who were new to the education system.

“They must listen to the stakehold­ers, to the officials who have the qual­ification, experience and expertise,” Ro Teimumu said.

“They must listen, they might learn something.”

Ro Teimumu said when higher education was looked at this did not mean burdening young Fijians with student debt by forcing them into Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS).

She said there must be a better way of providing tertiary education for them and this was an area that SO­DELPA would address in their mani­festo.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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