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538 Jobs For Teachers At Risk

As per the Fiji Teachers Registration Act of 2008: “No person shall be permitted to teach at a school in Fiji unless the person is a holder of a Certificate of Registration”.
11 Nov 2021 11:14
538 Jobs For Teachers At Risk
Minister for Education, Premila Kumar addressing teachers during one of her school visits. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

About 538 teachers nationwide risk termination by the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts because they have not renewed their Teacher Registration licence.

The alarming statistic was revealed yesterday by the Fiji Teachers Registration Authority – the licensing body for teachers in Fiji.

Chief Executive Officer Sangeeta Singh said the registration deadline was in December 2020, and teachers had, since

January, to renew their licences.

She also highlighted the concern that there were teachers who were teaching without a valid registration since 2019.

When questioned on how these teachers were still being paid even though they were not registered, Ms Singh said: “There was no link in the system, that’s the problem.”

A final notice period of 30-days has been sent out to the 538 teachers. Effective from today, 31 teachers will be deregistered and subsequently terminated as their notice period has expired. This is only done following repeated reminders to them.

Minister for Education Premila Kumar referred all queries to Permanent Secretary Anjeela Jokhan. 

Ms Jokhan told Fiji Sun yesterday she would respond via email. However, she had not responded to queries when this edition went to press. 

Law

As per the Fiji Teachers Registration Act of 2008: “No person shall be permitted to teach at a school in Fiji unless the person is a holder of a Certificate of Registration”.

Furthermore, Ms Singh stated that another lot of teachers who were granted registration in 2009 under the Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) and Provisional Categories will not have their licences renewed.

“Registrations were approved and granted to these teachers who did not meet the Minimum Qualification Requirement in certain discipline areas facing shortage of teachers with an expectation that they will upgrade their qualification within the specified timeframe,” Ms Singh said.

“It is now 12 years and unfortunately, some teachers have not upgraded their academic qualifications therefore there will be no further registrations granted under the Limited Authority to Teach or Provisional categories.”

She said these teachers can be replaced by registered, qualified teachers who are unemployed.

“It is the role of FTRA to ensure that quality teaching is provided to students through qualified registered teachers and will take actions against those teachers who either do not renew their Teacher Registrations prior to expiry or upgrade their qualifications.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

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