Education

1327 teachers boost country’s education sector

The Fijian Government has over the past two years boosted the nation’s education sector with 1,372 teaching jobs. This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the 21st Annual Conference of the Fiji Head Teachers Association in Labasa today. PM Bainimarama said that this was part of Government’s inclusive approach to graduates seeking […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

September 1, 2016 1:13 pm

The Fijian Government has over the past two years boosted the nation’s education sector with 1,372 teaching jobs.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the 21st Annual Conference of the Fiji Head Teachers Association in Labasa today.

PM Bainimarama said that this was part of Government’s inclusive approach to graduates seeking employment specifically in the field of teaching.

BAINIMARAMA: “In the past two years alone, we have added an extra 686 teachers to the nation’s classrooms. 297 new teachers this year. 389 last year. More jobs for teachers.”

He said number of teachers who were recruited were unemployed for a number of years and it is through the government recruitment drive that they are now gainfully employed.

BAINIMARAMA: “I must also add that a number of these new teachers who were recruited were unemployed for a number of years and it is through our recruitment drive that they are now gainfully employed. They are also now earning the salaries due to teachers. They are also now earning the salaries due to teachers.”

The Prime Minister said an improvement in the teacher-student ratio makes head teachers work easier and improves their ability to deliver services.

BAINIMARAMA: “An improvement in teacher-student ratios so that our children get more individual attention in the classroom as well as better facilities. And the improved teacher student ratio makes your jobs as head teachers easier and improves your ability to deliver services.”

He added that all educational stakeholders  needed to work together in a more cooperative and collaborative fashion for our children’s sake and for our nation’s sake.

BAINIMARAMA: “I especially want to appeal to the unions in our education sector to embrace teamwork and cooperation and to join with Government in creating the best possible outcome for our schools and our children’s future.”

PM Bainimarama said the government was committed in looking after the interests of every Fijian ,whether they are employee or the employer.

BAINIMARAMA: “And our record speaks for itself. We changed the employment laws to make them fairer. We not only introduced and increased our national minimum wage for unskilled workers but have also overseen increases in wages in the eight different Wages Council in which the minimum wage is more than the national minimum wage for unskilled workers. So we are also committed to improving the terms and conditions of employment of all Fijian workers.”

“If you were regarded as pro-employer, it was automatically assumed that you were anti-worker. If you were regarded as pro-worker, it was automatically assumed that you were anti-employer. But my Government has shown that you can look after everyone’s interest at the same time. The interests of the boss or the employer and the worker or the employee.”

He added that government is carrying out a comprehensive assessment of how salaries is made in the civil service compared to civil sector.

BAINIMARAMA: “This assessment also includes a study of salaries made in the civil service in comparison to the private sector. While this assessment is ongoing, we have already seen changes in structures and remuneration rates in different ministries. We are fervently committed to merit based appointments, paying market rates and very importantly, rewarding high performers.”

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