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School curriculum a major concern: AG reveals reforms

September 12, 2018 7:17 pm

Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has raised serious concerns on the type of curriculum we have in our schools.

While speaking during the Fiji Head Teachers Association Annual conference yesterday, Sayed-Khaiyum says some of the syllabus being taught by teachers in schools are out of touch.

He says this will need to be addressed in a very fundamental manner.

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And now we have been talking to our development partners on how we can “improve this, to make not only the subject relevant to the children of the 21st century in Fiji but also to make it easier for teachers to be able to teach those subject areas.”

Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted that there’s fear the Ministry will face a shortage of science teachers.

“As they say at the moment with the current number of teachers who are disinterested and for example in the science areas, in physics and all of that, we will soon run out of teachers in physics and math.”

While elaborating on the critical issues facing the Education Sector, The Minister says a team has been set up to create a stock take on all issues in various schools around the country.

“So what we are trying to do is to develop a system, the only way we can do that is do a stock take of all the schools in Fiji, look at all the requirements and where we find fundamental requirements those schools will assisted first.”

Sayed-Khaiyum says there are important issues within the Education Sector that is not addressed by people who are discussing educational reforms outside the government.

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