Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi
Technical Vocational Educational Training [TVET] is solution oriented; it must be promoted and encouraged throughout Fiji including our regional small Island economies for our very economic survival to safeguard us from our bigger brothers and competitors in the skilled labour market they successfully dominate. The conversion of some schools for the introduction of our Fijian Technical colleges is a very positive move in the right direction; it is visionary, futuristic, mature and patriotic in profoundly protecting the country’s various economic long term interests for its people. The Government must be commended through its Minister for Education and educational reformist Dr Reddy for implementing a long term solution to solving an issue that has been our country’s woes for the many past years. Skilled labour shortage is a result of the brain drain or skilled migration; it is a problem that does not discriminate us from many other countries as people are always on the move migrating in looking for greener pastures, a change and better opportunities as they put it but we must always stand ready to counter positively and bridge the gap through TVET institutions etc. Our Government’s TVET introduction is a very bold statement and it challenges our very fabric of society’s youths and encourages parents to utilise this great government initiative for their child’s benefit and the hosting of our governments World TVET conference at the GPH is a very positive leap and credit. It is a bonus, very encouraging, inspirational and I applaud Government on placing special emphasis on these two very critical and specific human resources development areas for its citizens which they have implemented through its Ministry of Education policy, the Early Childhood Education [ECE] and TVET respectively. Sau ka Rreki Viti (clap with joy Fiji) !!!.