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Government plans to recruit 350 teachers

The Ministry of Education has plans to recruit three hundred and fifty teachers to improve the current teacher-student ratio. This was announced by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar last night at the opening of International Women’s Day celebrations organised by the French Embassy and Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates. There […]

Staff Writers

April 2, 2016 5:00 pm

The Ministry of Education has plans to recruit three hundred and fifty teachers to improve the current teacher-student ratio.

This was announced by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar last night at the opening of International Women’s Day celebrations organised by the French Embassy and Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates.

There are also plans to recruit 350 more teachers, of which 250 will be for primary schools and 100 for secondary schools. This is to improve the current teacher student ratio.

French Embassy Chargé d'affaires, Jules Irrmann with the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar. (DEPTFO)
French Embassy Chargé d’affaires, Jules Irrmann with the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar. (DEPTFO)

The Government has also invested in the development of technical colleges for both girls and boys to meet the skill and labour demand of investors. It will continue to provide funding support for the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS), the National Toppers Scholarship Scheme.

Minister Akbar has also pledged $5000 towards the Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates Fund, aiming to reach out and empower young girls in accessing education.

Education is one of the fundamentals to human development and key to overcoming social hardships like poverty.

Minister Akbar also outlined the steps taken by the Government to enhance education opportunities.

The Fijian Government has also shown great commitment towards ensuring that all Fijians have equal access to education.

As such, the Ministry of Education’s budget this year amounts to $432.2 million, an increase of $30.6 million from 2015.

This shows the Fijian Government’s unprecedented commitment and investment in the education sector.

French Embassy Chargé d’affaires, Jules Irrmann acknowledged the Fijian Government’s commitment toward education development in Fiji.

The free education is also, of course, a very important step, there is no excuse not to send a child to school in Fiji today.

Guests at the international women’s day celebrations organised by the French Embassy and Fiji Association of Women's Graduates. (DEPTFO)
Guests at the international women’s day celebrations organised by the French Embassy and Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates. (DEPTFO)

Chargé d’affaires Irrmann expressed his appreciation towards to the government on handling challenges of improving women and girls rights and gender equality in Fiji.

This political will is obvious when you look at the representation of women in Fijian institutions, at the parliament where both the speaker and the secretary general are women.

Minister Akbar thanked the Embassy of France and the Fiji Association of Women Graduates for their continued support towards education and empowerment of women in Fiji. The event also coincided with the screening of the world renown movie, “He Named Me Malala.”

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