Education

Reddy puts spotlight on education reforms

Investment in infrastructure, teacher student ratio, curriculum review, and fee-free education are key reforms the education ministry will continue to pursue to create a smarter Fiji. Speaking at the National Education Consultation held in Suva last Friday, Education Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy said 15.6 per cent of the overall budget towards the education sector demonstrated Government’s commitment […]

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January 11, 2016 9:12 am

Investment in infrastructure, teacher student ratio, curriculum review, and fee-free education are key reforms the education ministry will continue to pursue to create a smarter Fiji.

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

Speaking at the National Education Consultation held in Suva last Friday, Education Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy said 15.6 per cent of the overall budget towards the education sector demonstrated Government’s commitment to developing a knowledge based society.

We are also now ensuring that our schools, whether they are in maritime, interior or rural areas, they will have the same level of infrastructure that our urban schools are having. We see parents coming and fighting for a space for their children at Jai Narayan College, Natabua High or Labasa College. We want every school to be like the top schools.

Some of the schools in the interior and maritime areas were constructed four or five decades ago by communities and they have not been upgraded by past governments. We will maintain these schools and look after them. We distributed a grant of about $7million to 178 schools in 2015 to fix the infrastructure, upgrade ablution block, fix dormitories and build new classrooms.

Dr. Reddy also highlighted the change in free-education grant formula so smaller schools in the interior and maritime zones could get more per capita grant compared to larger urban schools.

He said they were also working on improving Government schools so they could become model schools.

Some 350 new teachers would be recruited this year, out of which 250 will be secondary school teachers.

More than 200 Fijians, including teachers, retired teachers, school managements, faith-based organisations and parents took part in the Central Division education consultation.

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