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Work With Industries for Students’ Benefit, Hazelman Tells Principals

We need to create an environment where young people can feel they can be job creators rather than job seekers, he adds. Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation’s chief executive officer
17 Mar 2018 11:25
Work With Industries for Students’ Benefit, Hazelman Tells Principals
Some of the participants during the Fiji Principals Association conference at Yet Sen Hall in Suva on March 16, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini

We need to create an environment where young people can feel they can be job creators rather than job seekers, he adds.

Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation’s chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman says all schools are preparing stu­dents to enter the world of work.

He told principals during their conference in Suva to collaborate with the industries because at the end of the day these students would be their workers.

“In Fiji we need to create an envi­ronment where young people can feel they can be job creators rather than job seekers,” Mr Hazelman said.

“Teachers should bring about en­trepreneurial skills training within the classrooms.

“I expect from the principals to think about what I said during the speech and some way if they can implement it in their schools.”

Mr Hazelman said he was talking from the industries perspective for the principals to produce the goods (students) but they expect me to ac­cept the goods which are students as employees.

“If the students are not up to standard I will not accept it. And if I don’t than what will happen? Un­employment goes up,” he said.

“It is important for principals to listen on what the industries are looking for when accepting young graduates into the work force.”

He said the good thing about the conference was that he was able to share his views with senior educa­tors.

Fiji Principal Association presi­dent Miriama Naicegucegu said the changes they were going through relied on a development mind set and system of resilience and sus­tainability not only for leaders and teachers, but for students also.

“We as principals have learnt a lot from guest speakers that we as leaders must find meaning in what we are doing and not see teachers as just an employee,” Ms Naicegu­cegu said.

She said they must be passion­ate about their work in what they do and must be resilient to be able to bounce back after undergoing changes.

“At the end of the day whatever is learnt from here the leaders will take away and implement in the school system,” she said.

There were 174 Principals of Fiji out of 176, present at the conference at Yet Sen Hall in Suva, on Thurs­day.

Edited by Percy Kean

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