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Tertiary Schools Advised To Consider 2022 Semester Start

“For Year 12 and Year 13, when the exam will be held there will be ample time for the markers and we are talking to the universities if they can delay their opening next year,” Ms Kumar said.
08 Oct 2021 10:30
Tertiary Schools Advised To Consider 2022 Semester Start
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and Local Government Premila Kumar during a press conference on October 7, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts had discussions with tertiary institutions to consider their opening dates next year to allow foundation and undergraduate students time to enrol.

Line minister Premila Kumar made the comment during on the margins of an event yesterday.

“For Year 12 and Year 13, when the exam will be held there will be ample time for the markers and we are talking to the universities if they can delay their opening next year,” Ms Kumar said.

“We already had a discussion with the Fiji National University, and they have agreed that they will open in March, and I think the same will be for other universities as well.

“We all understand that because of COVID-19 we are facing these difficulties and if there was no problem then everything would have started on time.”

Ms Kumar said parents should continue to encourage their non-examination class children to study.

“I have been told that there are parents who are telling their children that they don’t have to study now because there will be no exam,” she said.

“I just want to emphasize that parents need to guide their children and they must continue their study at home. It is very important that the children should have a certain amount of knowledge so that when they move into the next level, otherwise they will face difficulties.”

Factors for opening schools

She highlighted the need to consider a lot of factors before school opens.

“The reopening of school depends on a lot of factors and we cannot just say here is the date and let’s get started. There are a lot of things that must be taken into consideration. The first thing we need to take into consideration is how we prepare the classroom.

“We are taking cues from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and they have the protocols that will be rolled out to schools.”

Ms Kumar said she held meetings with Divisional Education Officers yesterday and would hold another with Head of Schools on Monday to go over the protocols.

“Once they tell me that they have taken care of the requirements for the opening of the schools then I can say that here is the date when the children can go back to school.

“We have done our research and we have found that 52 per cent of students are learning online because they have some form of electronic devices, and these are secondary school students. This is positive and it is complemented by other worksheets and study materials which are printed and given to a child.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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