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Teachers Organise Remedial Classes To Help Students

This is an initiative by the Fijian Teachers Association and the Retired Fijian Teachers Association to help students bridge the learning gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we all know, on March 20, schools were closed because of COVID-19, so instead of 14 weeks there were only 10 weeks of study and there was a long pause.
13 Sep 2020 10:43
Teachers Organise Remedial Classes  To Help Students

Close to 40 teachers, both current and retired, will offer remedial clases for students in need of tutoring for one week in Suva. These classes will start on Saturday and will cover subjects in Maths, English and Vosa Vaka Viti subjects for the primary and secondary levels.

This is an initiative by the Fijian Teachers Association and the Retired Fijian Teachers Association to help students bridge the learning gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chief executive officer of Indigenous studies at the association, Emitai Boladuadua, said they had identified that there were a lot of weaknesses with students in the classroom, begining from Year One right up to secondary schools.

This he said was mainly in the basics in mathematics and in  reading and writing in English, reading and writing in iTaukei.

“As we all know, on March 20, schools were closed because of COVID-19, so instead of 14 weeks there were only 10 weeks of study and there was a long pause.

“This had contributed to the problem that we may see now that some students had lagged behind with studies,” Mr Boladuadua said.

“So we thought for us to do something to be able to rectify and improve the issue that was already there and that is to conduct extra classes, that is why we have come up with this initiative,” he said.

“The teachers that will be offering services are those that have taught for almost 20 years and are still teaching and those that have retired from the profession, so you’d expect highly skilled and experienced teachers to be providing remedial services.”

Yesterday close to 100 students and parents converged to the association’s hall in Suva to be briefed on this initiative.

“The remedial classes will run for one week from Saturday, September 19, to Saturday, September 26. That is during the one week second term break,” Mr Boladuadua said.

“It will be at the John Wesley College in Vatuwaqa and for Nausori and nearby areas, it will be at Dilkusha High School.

“There will be three sessions and one subject per session for the day.

“So if you only want to learn English in a day, then you just pay $7, but if you want to attend all three sessions for English, Maths and Vosa vaka Viti it will be $21.”

Mr Boladuadua said each session was one and a half hours.

He added that the target was to have only eight students per session to enable teachers to have better interaction with students.

He said the association was also considering having more organised tutorial classes in the future.

Parents who are interested in sending their children to the remedial classes could enquire with the association’s office at Knolly Street, Suva, or call the numbers 9238746 and 3110885 to register.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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