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 Qualifications, Salary Anomalies Clarified

The Ministry of Education, Her­itage and Arts would like to provide clarification on queries raised by Fiji Teachers Union, follow­ing the press conference on November 18, 2021. The ministry appreciates
26 Nov 2021 12:17
 Qualifications, Salary Anomalies Clarified
Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts Anjeela Jokhan.

The Ministry of Education, Her­itage and Arts would like to provide clarification on queries raised by Fiji Teachers Union, follow­ing the press conference on November 18, 2021.

The ministry appreciates and contin­ues to support and acknowledge the decent work teachers are carrying out in schools. Our teachers are our biggest as­sets.

There is no doubt that teachers play a significant role in the success of any on­going educational reforms.

Hence, the ministry is committed to ensuring a quality workforce that will contribute towards achieving quality education for our children.

To support teachers’ professional de­velopment, the Government has allo­cated In-Service Scholarships for Bach­elor’s Degree in Special and Inclusive Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Diploma/bachelor’s in counselling and Psychol­ogy in this fiscal year.

It is to be noted that the teacher train­ing programmes are offered in a flexible mode which our teachers are using to study.

Over the past four years, the ministry has upgraded the salaries of 1454 teach­ers who have upgraded their qualifica­tions.

We strongly encourage other teachers to continue upgrading their qualifica­tions to keep abreast with the develop­ments in the education sector through professional development.

The Fiji Teachers Registration Author­ity Act 2008 Part 19 Section Two states that professional development is a re­quirement for the renewal of teacher registration certificates.

Complaints

Permanent Secretary, Dr Anjeela Jokhan stated that the ministry as an employer is looking at all teacher griev­ances including salary anomalies based on established procedures.

Therefore, she is requesting teachers to liaise with the ministry.

The ministry will investigate all griev­ances and act accordingly.

Dr Jokhan reiterated that the Fijian Government had increased salaries of teachers and post holders twice in the past seven years.

 On Teacher Qualification

Salary

It should also be noted that the starting salary of Assistant Head Teachers (AHT) is based on the classification of the school size, i.e. medium and large.

For example, AHTs who were on salary grade (ED4A and ED5D) transited to Band G Step Two which is $32,038.10.

Regarding salary, teachers with a de­gree and teacher training qualifications (education units including practicum) are paid between the salary range of $22,528.74 to $26,283.53 per annum.

The ministry regrets if this has caused confusion as only the upper range was mentioned during the press conference.

To allay any confusion on the fully qualified teachers, the following aspects are required to be called a fully qualified teacher:

Education – relevant education units including classroom assessment (practicum).

Subject content

Clarification on fully qualified and assistant teacher requirements are as follows:

  1. Fully Qualified teacher:
  •  Early Childhood Education – Bachelor of Education ECE
  •  Special and Inclusive Education- Bachelor of Special and Inclusive Education
  •  Primary – Bachelor of Education Primary
  •  Secondary – Bachelor of Education Secondary or bachelor’s degree in the sub­ject field plus an appropriate qualification in education such as Secondary Teacher Training Certificate [STTC], Graduate Certificate in Education [GCED] and Diploma in Education/Teaching.
  1. Assistant Teacher – A Diploma in Education/Teaching (with practicum)
  • The ministry further clarifies that practicum is an important component of the teacher training programme. It helps student teachers to understand the full scope of a teacher’s role in teaching and managing students.
  • Teachers with Diploma and Certificate level qualifications are advised to up­grade their qualifications if they wish to receive a higher salary as per the Teacher Remuneration Setting Policy either to progress to higher positions or to compete in a teaching field where there are more graduates fully qualified to teach in a certain discipline.

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