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Our AQEP team members had started the year with visits to their targeted schools and some of those that had been visited so far were as follows:

  • Vanuabalavu
  • Kabara
  • Komo
  • Namuka
  • Kia
  • Cikobia
  • Valebasoga
  • Qawa
  • Khamendra
  • Nasavusavu
  • Navivi
  • Bouma, and
  • Wainikeli.

Some schools in the West were also visited.

The Association would continue to give its full support towards the project as it was indeed a worthwhile contribution to the achievement of quality education.

The two teacher-unions and COPE were able to meet the Ministry of Education (MoE) on the advice of the Minister for Education to discuss a submission on the lowering of the teacher-pupil ratio in primary and secondary schools in Fiji. 

It was a fruitful discussion where the MoE proposals were presented and input from the unions and COPE were heard. 

FTA was assured that these would be incorporated in the final submission to Cabinet. If approved, it would mean an increase in the teaching establishment as well as membership. This was something that FTA had raised previously but it was good to be coming from MoE now.  

The Minister for Education was able to meet the General Secretary and his team on 17th of January.

The meeting was cordial where he expressed his view of the need for the Ministry of Education to work with the teacher unions on educational issues of concern to both. This was well received by our reps who agreed that working together would bring lots of benefits to the education system as our common interest was the improvement in the quality of education provided for our people so that they would become educated and productive citizens of the future.

As of Wednesday 1st January 2014, the total number of new members that had joined this year is 39, 37 of which were from FNU-LTC and 2 from other institutions.

Training

A staff in-house workshop on ‘Customer Service Training’ was conducted by the Principal Administration Officer on the 25th of February at the FTA Board Room. 

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