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A-G: Ministry to Reconsider Criteria on Transfers

The Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the ministry would reconsider some of the criteria on handling teacher and principal transfers. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was responding to grievances of
30 Sep 2018 12:50
A-G: Ministry to Reconsider Criteria on Transfers
Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with teachers at Suva Muslim Primary School in Nabua. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

The Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the ministry would reconsider some of the criteria on handling teacher and principal transfers.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was responding to grievances of teachers whom he met at Suva Muslim Primary School in Nabua.

Matia Loga, DAV College Assistant Principal said he was principal of Nasikawa Vision College for seven years but was disappointed when he was replaced.

He said the school on the Coral Coast was once a low-performing school and he had worked hard to get the school to where it was today.

“The school is now a high performing school based on the performance of Year 12 and Year 13. It was not easy to bring the school to that level given the intake of the students,” he said.

“I worked really hard to get the school to where it is today, and it is very disheartening to be replaced at the beginning of the third term, I thought I did well in the job test, I am not an English teacher, but I got 80 per cent.

“I am not against the replacement but the feelings of being replaced when I know I have been working so hard in producing what I need to produce on the ground.

“I know I did not sacrifice alone, my wife also sacrificed with me, it was very tough to bring the school to where it is right now. It was a lot of sacrifices, a lot of hard work and only God knows what I went through.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was very unfortunate that the Human Resource department within the ministry was not professional about the reform systems.

He said there had been instances where the HR department didn’t handle things well.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum encouraged the teachers not to be dejected by the decisions because there could be other opportunities.

However, he said it was something that would be considered because they were also trying to constantly review the criteria and getting the people who are doing the reforms to look into it.

He said all was not lost, if people have missed out, they could apply for the position as the system allows them to continuously apply for a position.

More than 100 teachers turned up with their issues and concerns which were heard by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

He also advised the teachers to send him emails personally if they have personal issues and queries.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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