Schools To Complete Zoning Policy Enrolment Tomorrow : Reddy
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy has informed all schools across the country to complete their enrolment as per the Zoning Policy by tomorrow.
“All student enrolment for all levels starting from Year 1 to Year 12 must be carried out by the set date so that schools are aware of the spaces available and thus, can start their intake of other students from outside the zones who had shown interest to join the school,” Mr Reddy said. “From Monday, November 14, all schools that have spaces available can intake students who expressed their interest to enrol there but were out of the zone.
“This must be strictly carried out under first come first serve basis. All school heads have been advised to ensure that this exercise is fairly carried out without any special treatment or bias for anyone. “All parents and guardians within the two kilometres zone should visit the schools in their zones and make the necessary arrangements for the enrolment of their children. I am sure that by now most schools must have communicated with the parents on the enrolment dates and procedures and I urge the parents to act upon it. “The parents who are outside of the zones can express their interest in the schools but their intake will only depend on the space available after the students from its feeder School, within the School (for continuing students) and within the zone have been enrolled.
“They will be notified of this by the schools from Monday, November 14,” Mr Reddy said. All stakeholders must know that education under the Bainimarama Government is compulsory from Year 1 to Year 12 and under no circumstance can a child be forcibly stopped from enrolling to the next grade. However, they can always be advised on career pathways and given academic counselling, empowering and mentoring. The Education Minister called upon all school heads to ensure they contact the nearest Education Office or the Headquarters for any advice and clarity where necessary.
“All school heads must at all times ensure that they disseminate complete, current and correct information to all stakeholders, including parents and children especially, in regards to the Zoning Policy, enrolment deadlines and other necessary details.” There are schools in the Suva and Nausori area which will have additional classrooms next year to accommodate the increase in student enrolment numbers due to internal migration.
The Ministry is closely assisting and monitoring these schools to ensure that the construction work is completed by December. “I have already informed all school heads and various Education Offices that anyone seeking information on enrolment must be prioritised to be served,” Mr Reddy said. “Parents and guardians must involve themselves in the enrolment process so that they understand their child’s educational choice and become guardians to their dreams and aspirations. “Enrolment is the stepping stone for a new chapter in the lives of the students and they must all be supported to make the right decisions. “At this juncture, I wish to commend all students for their participation in the National Exams. I encourage you to take time out and contemplate on your next educational move. “Where needed, take advice and guidance from teachers, parents, community leaders, peers and the nearest Education Offices.
“I wish to urge students enrolling in Year Nine and Year 11 to take up the right mix of subjects to suite your career goals. “Do your research of the job market and make wise decisions,” he said.
“I also call upon all those students who intend to take up skill based career opportunities to visit the Technical College campuses and gather information. “Students are also advised to understand the passing grades for the Exams they sat for and understand the options they have.” Source: Ministry of Heritage and Arts Education,