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Education Minister Welcomes Teachers Back To School

Minister Akbar, thanks to teachers for their resilience and preparedness to deal with the devastation of TC Harold and the uncertainties of the pandemic.
29 Jun 2020 14:01
Education Minister Welcomes Teachers Back To School

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Honourable Rosy Akbar welcomes all teachers back to school today. Schools closed on 20 March 2020 immediately after the first COVID-19 case was identified in Fiji. A total of 13,364 teachers today are back in school after three months, the longest in the history of formal education.

Minister Akbar said, “Some of our rural, remote and maritime teachers have returned to their duty stations over the weekend and some may still be making their way back due to the transportation schedule. I thank all the hard-working teachers who have worked from home and remotely in the last three months to provide education to all the children of Fiji”.

Minister Akbar, thanks to teachers for their resilience and preparedness to deal with the devastation of TC Harold and the uncertainties of the pandemic.

The Ministry thanks the School Heads and Managements who have worked together for the last few weeks COVID proofing their schools and for awareness and information dissemination. School Heads are reminded to ensure that all the classrooms are well ventilated and all hygiene practices are in place.

All schools must ensure that there are enough water tanks to cater for the hand washing and hygiene needs of all the students, especially during recess and lunch breaks.

Large schools which have had water issues in the past must work earnestly towards rectifying it before all students return to school.

Minister Akbar once again reminds all School Heads that the worksheets were supplementary resources only and teachers should not pressure any student to submit completed worksheets upon their return to school. The Minister strongly reiterates not to schedule any form of assessment upon the resumption of schools.

“I know my teachers are aware of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on the students and they will provide the much needed psycho-social support to ease heavy emotional burdens the children are carrying on their small shoulders,” said Minister Akbar.

All Heads of Schools, Managements, Parents and Guardians are urged to make possible effort to see that students make a smooth transition to Term 2.

Minister Akbar welcomes all teachers back to school and wishes them a wonderful and successful Term 2.

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