Salary increase to empower kindy teachers
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.”