PM breaks silence on row between MOE and faith based schools
January 29, 2019 5:00 pm
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has finally broken his silence on the ongoing saga between the Catholic Church and the Education Ministry.
Speaking during a talanoa session in Navala Village, Ba today Bainimarama clarified that the posting of non-religious head teachers and principals to faith-based schools will not affect religious teachings.
Bainimarama stressed it is not the job of the teachers to make children understand their faith better as they are there to help educate students for a brighter future.
The Prime Minister while answering a question during the talanoa session told those present that the teaching of faith begins at home.
“This issue is not about faith but about our children. The ongoing issue should between faith-based schools should not affect our children’s education.”
He says the government’s main concern is to ensure that students receive the best education.
“My main concern is what will be taught to the students…I’m not concerned about religious teachings because if this is prioritized then what about the other subjects that students need to also learn.”
The Prime Minister has reiterated he will not change his mind when it comes to prioritizing the education of our future leaders.
“Some of these changes were part of the reforms in 2009 and it’s for the betterment of Fijian children academically.”
He also used this opportunity to advise the parents and elders of the village to focus on their children’s education.