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Education reform consultation kicks-off in Nadi and Lautoka

The Ministry of Education will continue to explore ideas and suggestions from the general public in efforts to improve the education system, with the aim to improve all facets of the education sector. This was highlighted by the Minister for Education Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy as his ministry began its consultation programme in Nadi and Lautoka today. […]

DEPTFO

January 5, 2016 7:18 pm

The Ministry of Education will continue to explore ideas and suggestions from the general public in efforts to improve the education system, with the aim to improve all facets of the education sector.

Education Minister speaking at Education Reforms consultation in Nadi today.  Photo: DEPTFO.
Education Minister speaking at Education Reforms consultation in Nadi today. Photo: DEPTFO.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Education Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy as his ministry began its consultation programme in Nadi and Lautoka today.

The consultations aim to improve all facets of the education sector and Government has taken a holistic approach to achieve this.

Speaking at Sangam College in Nadi this morning, Minister Reddy said while the reforms have been in implementation since last year, they have begun to see major changes in the attitudes of teachers and students.

We have seen a change in the mindset of our students and teachers, who are our key focus, to assist in improving the education system.

We have started capacity building for our officials in the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) to ensure we have the best people who understand the curriculum and are experts in their fields.

Minister Reddy said there had been cases where senior education officers for subjects such as chemistry, physics and mathematics had an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) qualification.

MBA is not relevant to chemistry or physics for that matter and now we have education officers in CDU who have BSc in Chemistry.

We have stopped scaling of marks, our teachers are always monitored and assessed regularly and we have started working on resource allocation especially in the rural and maritime schools with a key focus on better infrastructure.

Minister Reddy added that Government is ensuring that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality education.

We now are deducting a certain amount of funds from schools such as Rishikul College, Xavier College, Natabua High School, Marist Brothers High School, Jai Narayan College and others to smaller schools so they are also able to make improvements.

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