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"Remarkably the Attorney General who may have heard Ms Curran’s comments, chose to remain silent when apart from casting racial aspersions, Curran also degraded the Ministry staff as inferior in intellect. Does this mean that he condoned her racist remarks?" - NFP
CURRAN’S COMMENTS SMACK OF SHEER RACISM
Comments at the start of a Government Roadshow for Teachers by the Civil Service Reform Unit Director Jane Curran cast racial aspersions and has trampled on the sterling qualifications and credibility of staff of the Ministry of Education.
The National Federation Party condemns her remarks in the strongest manner and calls on the World Bank to look into this condescending approach in its capacity as technical advisors to the civil service reforms.
Ms Curran’s comment while addressing teachers together with Attorney General Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at Jai Narayan College on Monday (21 August) is an example of arrogant racism.
Remarkably the Attorney General who may have heard Ms Curran’s comments, chose to remain silent when apart from casting racial aspersions, Curran also degraded the Ministry staff as inferior in intellect. Does this mean that he condoned her racist remarks?
While addressing teachers who gave up their school holiday time to attend the Roadshow, Ms Curran claimed the Education Ministry made mistakes to contracts for teachers, because they apparently did not provide the required information as required by her.
Ms Curran said amongst other things, “…It was a bit of I thought I was speaking English but I wasn’t evidently. When I asked the question and on their defence they thought they were answering my question...” – Fiji One News, 23rd August 2017
Ms Curran is obviously of the view that the Education Ministry staff do not understand and speak English. This is patronising and humiliating of the Ministry staff. While the staff may not speak English as perfectly as Ms Curran as it is her mother tongue, she should know that English has been the common language in Fiji for many years.
A vast majority of our people including civil servants are proficient in both spoken and written English, and a great many more Fijians hold high profile positions abroad on the back of our Education system. Staff of the Education Ministry are no exception.
Ms Curran deflecting blame on others for errors on her watch are a further indictment on her professionalism and capabilities.
The World Bank should immediately take appropriate steps to ensure its international standards are upheld.
From Fijileaks archive, 18 December 2015
2. The authority is within Section 127(8) of 2013 Constitution therefore need not to seek PSC’s approval. Eroni has been performing exceptionally well even before he join the Ministry of Education. He is pursuing his Executive MBA in order to excel to higher positions in Government. Besides, he have; a Diploma in Economics; Registered Trainer; and an Executive Diploma in Leadership sponsored by PSC for all Directors and DSs in 2013 and Eroni was recognized because of his abilities and performance.
3. The 3 New Directors are savings from tradeoffs of position and are within the Ministry Budget provisions
4. Mr. Naleca has been side way transferred to ED1D position and therefore the PEO (ESU) is vacant.
5. AAO Busfare is a Project Post and is specifically for Busfare procurement and payments and was established in January 2014. The other AAO is an established position and are responsible for general Ministry’s compliance.
In stating the above Sir, The MOE is awaiting the FTA executives to practice a little show of respect and present at least a little 'matanigasau' to the MOE and its Hon. Minister after the serious of negative comments and unprofessional attacks voiced in the media and blog sites. Since when had we gone out there to be parties to dirty verbal attacks on the blog-sites? Blog-sites are not for professionals to be firing at each other. If the Union is serious about positively contributing to the development of education in Fiji and has a pure heart for caring for and enhancing education for the future generations of our beloved nation then we beg your good office to come and seek reconciliation with the highest office of education on the land. Lets not put to waste what good understanding and relationship that had been fostered previously by our union leaders whom have partnered positively with MOE to shape the Fiji Education system to what it is today.
The world is changing, and as Tom Friedman has demonstrated, it is increasingly flat. Globalisation is changing everything about how we work, how we communicate and ultimately how we live. It is critical for us in Fiji to note and learn that Financial responses and issues alone will not safeguard our economic and social well-being, and that substantial, strategic investments in education and a professional attitude to 'spartnership are essential to Fiji education system's long-term prosperity and to our success as a democracy. We cannot bail ourselves out of this crisis through continuously attacking each other unnecessarily for it will show the outside world that our teacher Unions and the MOE have got it ALL WRONG. It is with due urgency that we need to foster partnership for the sake of our future generations to come.
May God BLESS FIJI, FTA and MOE
Vinaka Saka Vakalevu
Iowane P Tiko
PEO(ESU) for MOE
Over 15 years experience implementing change in the public sector with successful outcomes in the Education, Law and Justice, Health, Transport, Electoral sectors and for whole of government through central agencies. Experience leading and managing multi disciplinary teams in diverse and challenging environments.
Specialities: Human Resource Management (policy development, HR planning, HRD planning). Public Sector change management and organisation development. Project management including leading multi disciplinary teams.
Election Specialist (Human Resources), Australian Civilian Corps Deployment
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
November 2013 – November 2015 (2 years 1 month)
Work with the Fijian Elections office to develop the Human Resource plan, recruitment plan and human resource manual to support the 2014 Fijian National Election. Support the recruitment, training and deployment of ongoing and temporary staff for the Fijian Elections office. Following the 2014 Election, continue to support the FEO in the review of election operations, the development of the Human Resource Policy Manual and to plan the staffing requirements for the 2018 National Election.
HR / Finance Specialist, Australian Civilian Corps
June 2012 – September 2012 (4 months)
Support the introduction of Electronic Voter Registration in Fiji. Organise the contracting, payment, training and deployment of over 1000 temporary staff throughout Fiji to undertake electronic voter registration.
Causes Jane cares about:
- Animal Welfare
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Human Rights