Salary increase to em­power kindy teach­ers

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he Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, firmly be­lieves that pay rise of Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers who are pre­dom­i­nantly fe­males will em­power them in their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives. “Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion is the first mode of school­ing that a child ex­pe­ri­ences in his/her life.

“It is there­fore, manda­tory that this in­sti­tu­tion pre­pares a child with the aim of pro­mot­ing a smooth tran­si­tion to primary ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr Reddy said. “Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion in­cludes ‘care’ (health, nu­tri­tion, protection and child­care in a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment) and ‘ed­u­ca­tion’ (play, so­cial­i­sa­tion, guid­ance and de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties).

“All of th­ese are aligned to the com­mon goal of form­ing the core ed­u­ca­tional pat­terns that the child will fos­ter in the fu­ture. “ECE teach­ers there­fore play a piv­otal part in the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in our na­tion as they form that link which con­nects the chil­dren from their home to school. At the mo­ment we have 1130 ECE teach­ers who are look­ing af­ter 12,894 stu­dents across the coun­try,” he said. In our Fi­jian Ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, Mr Reddy said we have fe­males who take up ECE teacher roles and they have been the driv­ing force be­hind the suc­cess of our chil­dren. “Th­ese women have been loyal to “Our Gov­ern­ment is ef­fec­tively mak­ing progress in mak­ing our Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor sec­ond to no other in the world and this de­vel­op­ment in­cludes ECE Ed­u­ca­tion.

“The increase in salary will surely em­power th­ese ECE teach­ers and mo­ti­vate them in the tasks they carry out. “This will be a win win sit­u­a­tion for all, as higher qual­i­fi­ca­tion will lead to higher pay for the teach­ers and at the same time de­velop their pro­fes­sional com­pe­tency and mar­ketabil­ity which will sup­port our qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion drive.”

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