The Education Minister says they will continue to explore ideas and suggestions from the general public in efforts to improve the education system.
During a public consultation at Nadi Sangam College, Dr Mahendra Reddy says they have started capacity building for their officials in the Curriculum Development Unit to ensure they have the best people who understand the curriculum and are experts in their fields.
Reddy says there had been cases where senior education officers for subjects such as chemistry, physics and mathematics had a Masters in Business Administration qualification.
He says an MBA is not relevant to chemistry or physics and for that matter we now have education officers in CDU who have BSc in Chemistry.
He also stresses that government is ensuring that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality education.
Reddy says they are now deducting a certain amount of funds from schools such as Rishikul College, Xavier College, Natabua High School, Marist Brothers High School, Jai Narayan College and others smaller schools so they can make improvements.
The public consultation will be held in Ba Sangam College today. Source: FijiVillage News
CONSULTATION A WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES
The so-called public consultation being carried out by the Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy is a waste of time and taxpayers’ funds.
Instead Dr Reddy should make good his promise of October 2014 and bring to Parliament in February a Motion to set up an Education Commission to conduct an independent and comprehensive inquiry into our education system.
Dr Reddy is rightly likened by many as “Captain Chaos” or “Mr Inconsistent” given his various about-turns on many issues regarding education, thus seriously affecting the competency and career paths of our students.
Two months ago he told the nation through the media there would be no consultation on the many reforms that he had undertaken. Now he has changed his tune. In his maiden speech in Parliament in October 2014 he said there would be an Education Commission established to look into our education system. Dr Reddy then ditched this logical process in favour of his illogical and controversial reforms implemented in a haphazard manner.
2015 has been a year of chaos and confusion culminating into an error-riddled external examination as far as tabulation and correctness of results are concerned. While the Education Ministry’s website describes the results as provisional, the Minister claims the results based on raw marks are final. Yet the Ministry’s Examination Unit headquarters in Suva lists the results as UNOFFICIAL in the case of Year 10 Students.
All this has not been explained by Dr Reddy. Instead he accused the NFP of being incapable in calculating the results accurately. This is a pathetic response from a Minister vested with responsibility of shaping the educational pathway of our children.
The NFP regards the consultations as a wasteful exercise. Essentially Dr Reddy is trying to sell his reforms and is not at all genuine about seeking the views of the people.
The only way our education system can be truly analysed and genuine reforms undertaken is through an Education Commission, which is long overdue as the last one was conducted over 15 years ago.