Teaching, not a last resort: Sayed-Khaiyum – FBC News
AG at the inauguration of the new FNU building. [Photo Credit: Fijian Government]
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said taking education courses should not be the last resort for any student.
Addressing students and staff at Fiji National University, the Attorney General said FNU should look into this issue as it is the main training provider for those choosing education as career path.
Sayed-Khaiyum says it’s important to have the right people in education.
“We don’t want a situation where a lot of people, for example, want to take a different course but because they haven’t taken that course they end up teaching because it’s their last resort.”
Sayed-Khaiyum adds that for far too long, primary education has not received the attention it deserves, and this is an area the Ministry of Education is trying to tackle.
“Secondary teachers have been given more prominence than primary teachers as primary education comes through primary teachers so we need to raise the status a bit more and that is what we intend to TO DO.”
The Attorney General says the foundation of education is critically important and that includes how a child learns to read and write in the early years, hence why only those who committed to developing education should attend educational courses.
He says this area has been neglected for many years now and the government is committed to making the appropriate changes.