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Graduating students still lack language proficiency

September 7, 2015 7:12 pm

Fiji’s positive economic growth has led to a reduction in the country’s unemployment rate with more people entering the job market.

However, many who have graduated and are now employed still lack language proficiency.

Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says the Ministry has identified literacy problems faced by graduating students in the employment sector and it is working with tertiary institutions to iron these out.

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“We’re concerned about the subject matter contents of the students all our universities the language of instructions is ENGLISH. But despite the students spending 3 years in university you still find students having problems with the English language proficiency.”

Dr Reddy is also concerned that graduates are entering the labour market with no experience on the subject matter.

The Minister has called on stakeholders, the Fiji Higher Education Commission and tertiary institutions to work together and find out the cause of the problem.

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