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A skilled workforce is the hallmark of any developed economy: Akbar

May 8, 2019 6:20 am
Graduating Students

Around 500 students enrolled at the five campuses of the Technical College of Fiji received their certificates yesterday.

They received the certificates during the graduation ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar emphasized on a skilled workforce being the hallmark of any developed economy and skills-training being extremely important for the economic development of any country including Fiji.

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TCF she says has provided a pathway for children of the poor household to obtain a skilled based internationally recognized qualification thus opening the doors for their and their families’ prosperity in Fiji and abroad.

Under the government’s initiative TCF, the Minister says was established to give opportunities to Fijian children who have been left out, marginalized because of their deferring circumstances pushing them to drop out of school and thus losing hope for a brighter future.

Akbar says the government has allocated an unprecedented sum of $255m in the 2018/2019 national budget to assist Fijians to realize their dream of attaining tertiary education and ensure that no young person is left behind, even at the tertiary level because they cannot afford it.

Minister Akbar congratulated the students for their hard work and dedication in reaping the benefit of their graduation and encouraged them to be good ambassadors of TCF as well as to excel in their chosen careers.

There are 15 Technical College Campuses in the urban, remote areas and in maritime zones and since 2016 about 4,466 students have graduated from TCF.

Meanwhile, the Minister also revealed that from August first, TCF administration will come under the Fiji National University.

This comes after the TCF has in the last three years working with the Fiji Higher Education Commission to deliver national qualifications.

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