Get Back To Teaching: Akbar Tells School Heads

“Heads of schools from next year, you will teach,” said Ms Akbar.
05 Oct 2019 18:46
Get Back To Teaching: Akbar Tells School Heads
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Headteachers and principals around Fiji will have to join teachers in the classrooms from next year.

This was the stern message by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar. She was officiating at the World Teachers Day celebrations at the Fiji National University, Natabua Campus in Lautoka yesterday.

Speaking to teachers and heads of schools in the Western Division and from the Yasawas, Ms Akbar said there was close to 30,700 teachers currently employed by the Ministry of Education and well over 237,000 students in all the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centres, primary and secondary schools.

She said there were close to 67,000 plus students in secondary schools with 5732 secondary school teachers.

“Heads of schools from next year, you will teach,” said Ms Akbar.

“I don’t know whose bright idea it was to exclude you from the classroom but I think you are the best people to be in the classroom at least in one class, share it with one of your other teachers, for primary school for secondary school at least one subject.

“One of the reasons why we had teacher shortages this year or last year was because we took away all the heads of schools from the classroom and then we put most of them in technical colleges so we are putting you back inside the classrooms so that you are aware of what is happening in your school.

“You are part of the team so that you are going to understand the challenges that your teachers are going to face.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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