Schools To Com­plete Zon­ing Pol­icy En­rol­ment To­mor­row : Reddy

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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,

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