A- G: Qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion should not be dif­fer­en­ti­ated

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA SUVA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

All chil­dren, ir­re­spec­tive of where they live in Fiji, must have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion, the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion should not be dif­fer­en­ti­ated, says At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum. He told stu­dents at the Suva Sangam Col­lege prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony in Suva yes­ter­day that this was a ma­jor chal­lenge for the Gov­ern­ment. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said cer­tain parts of Fiji had no net­work cov­er­age, which was a chal­lenge for Gov­ern­ment to en­sure that chil­dren had greater ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als. “So from Gov­ern­ment per­spec­tive, what we in­tend to do is give ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion to ev­ery­body from early child­hood, pri­mary school, high school,” he said. Mr Sayed–Khaiyum said some chil­dren might not be in­ter­ested in join­ing univer­sity, but good with trade work. He said they could be catered for in vo­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions set up by the Gov­ern­ment. “All vo­ca­tional train­ings are pro­vided by Gov­ern­ment, there are cur­rently 13 vo­ca­tional col­leges so those of you are leav­ing school, if you want to be­come a good elec­tri­cian, there’s al­ways train­ing avail­able for you,” he said.

He also said par­ents should not force chil­dren into a ca­reer that they were not in­ter­ested in adding that chil­dren must pur­sue a pro­fes­sion that they were pas­sion­ate about. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the teach­ers for their hard work. He also re­minded the stu­dents at the prize­giv­ing that the coun­try had a short­age of ma­rine sci­en­tists, land sur­vey­ors, nurses, doc­tors, and en­gi­neers to con­sider as ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum pre­sent­ing an award to Me­toka Ruta yes­ter­day.

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