Ad­vi­sory to ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers: Min­istry

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...we must at all times en­sure that cer­tain traits must be nur­tured in our chil­dren which har­nesses their safety, se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion.

Below is the state­ment by the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, to the ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers.

As the aca­demic year 2016 comes to an end, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts wishes to ac­knowl­edge the hard work, com­mit­ment and sup­port of all the school man­age­ments, school heads, staff mem­bers, stu­dents, par­ents and the com­mu­nity at large for a suc­cess­ful year. The school hol­i­days have be­gun from Satur­day (26th Novem­ber) and I call upon the school man­age­ment, teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents to take ex­tra pre­cau­tion and keep our chil­dren safe dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Hol­i­days are ex­cit­ing times for all as peo­ple look for­ward to re­lax­ation, fun and catch­ing up with fam­ily, friends with ac­tiv­i­ties and events. It is also a time when par­ents can pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for up skilling their child via short train­ing classes such as, swim­ming, tennis, mu­si­cal in­stru­ment train­ing, etc. Af­ter a year’s hard work and sacULåFH FKLOGUHQ GHVHUYH D JRRG worth­while break. How­ever, while bask­ing in all the fun and en­joy­ment, we must at all times en­sure that cer­tain traits must be nur­tured in our chil­dren which har­nesses their safety, se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion. Apart from the risks that our chil­dren are en­dan­gered with such as, on the roads, in the wa­ters and from un­for­tu­nate events such DV åUH DEXVH DQG GUXJV DQG VXEs­tance abuse, they are also faced with con­straints re­lated to NCD’s, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and other so­cial fa­mil­ial is­sues. Un­der the Bain­i­marama Govern­ment, the fun­da­men­tal pri­or­ity is ed­u­ca­tion. We know that once this pri­or­ity is re­alised in all as­pects of our na­tion, other com­po­nents such as rights, law and or­der, health, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and peace and pros­per­ity will all ma­te­ri­alise.

There­fore, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts wishes to ad­vice all chil­dren, par­ents, guardians, teach­ers, school heads and the man­age­ment of schools of some ba­sic pro­ce­dures and mea­sures which would be very use­ful dur­ing the hol­i­days: Stu­dents

Ad­here to the ad­vice of your par­ents, guardians and el­ders at all times.

Do not indulge in risky ac­tiv­i­ties and en­sure that your safety is paramount. Eval­u­ate, weigh the sit­u­a­tions and sce­nar­ios and make wise choices. Seek parental in­ter­ven­tion in de­ci­sion mak­ing. Al­ways give pri­or­ity to pre­ven­tion.

In­volve in Skills de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties such as, join­ing sports clubs, mu­sic lessons, dance classes, tech­ni­cal skills: train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, learn at home ac­tiv­i­ties such as, cook­ing, re­li­gious learn­ing, sew­ing, ba­sic car­pen­try and other ac­tiv­i­ties which will de­velop your skills.

Check on your 2017 aca­demic work on­line or with friends and fam­ily and go through the pre­scrip­tions, text books, past year pa­pers and other re­sources and ac­quaint with next year’s work.

Do lots of read­ing. You can make a habit of read­ing the newspaper ev­ery day or visit nearby li­braries and have ac­cess to read­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Up­keep your­self both men­tally and phys­i­cally: Eat healthy and main­tain proper diet and nu­triWLRQ $GRSW åWQHVV VWUDWHJLHV DQG reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

Help par­ents and guardians with house­hold chores, such as, cook­ing, gar­den­ing, sweep­ing, farm­ing etc.

In­volve in char­i­ta­ble, vol­un­teer work: join Help groups, char­ity groups, share your time and tal­ents with peo­ple who have less than you do and in­volve your fam­ily in char­ity and na­tional drives.

Be pre­pared for dis­as­ters and work with fam­ily to be safe. Adopt good com­mu­ni­ca­tion habits. Be alert to risks and take ac­tion im­me­di­ately Par­ents While this year we launched Pil­lar 4 of Ed­u­ca­tional Re­forms which called for greater parental in­volve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, now we are ask­ing all par­ents to con­tinue their same pledge with their chil­dren through their hol­i­days.

Main­tain your com­mit­ment to the wel­fare, safety, se­cu­rity and su­per­vi­sion of your chil­dren at all times.

In­volve with the chil­dren reg­u­larly, plan their hol­i­days with them and work on strate­gies and schemes to as­sist them in their new aca­demic year 2017.

En­cour­age your chil­dren to spend some time each week en­gag­ing in an ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity, in prepa­ra­tion for the next school year.

Or­gan­ise ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren: swim­ming, mu­sic, dance, IT, sports classes; re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion classes, cul­tural art and craft de­vel­op­ment and other up-skilling train­ing.

Spend qual­ity time with chil­dren and ad­vise them on im­por­tant is­sues such as : drugs and sub­stance abuse, sex ed­u­ca­tion, phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, abuse, NCD’s, health and nu­tri­tion, good com­pany, moral val­ues and virtues, teenage preg­nancy, mis­use of tech­nol­ogy and other con­tem­po­rary is­sues.

Pro­vide the chil­dren with re­sources for de­vel­op­ment of read­ing, ba­sic lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy and 2017 aca­demic re­sources. Ac­com­pany them to the li­brary and en­gage in read­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with them.

Pro­vide the great­est sup­port to your chil­dren when the ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults are out. Be con­tent with the per­for­mance of your child, do not pres­sur­ize them un­der any cir­cum­stances and dis­cuss en­thu­si­as­ti­cally the next ed­u­ca­tional op­tions as per the per­for­mance of your child.

Su­per­vise and mon­i­tor chil­dren all the time: en­sure chil­dren are al­ways in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment.

Nur­ture fam­ily bond­ing and re­la­tion­ship build­ing at home. In­cor­po­rate val­ues and virtues in daily ac­tiv­i­ties at home. En­gage chil­dren in moral en­hanc­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to raise so­cial aware­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity in them. Teach­ers

Take a well - de­served and safe break with fam­ily and friends.

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Do keep a tab on de­vel­op­ments at the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, es­pe­cially, in re­la­tion to trans­fers, pro­mo­tions, up­grad­ing of re­sources, leave is­sues, con­tracts, ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults and other im­por­tant mat­ters.

Work with the School Heads and as­sist in se­cur­ing the school in times of disas­ter or as need arises, es­pe­cially, those staff liv­ing in the quar­ters.

Pre­pare for 2017 aca­demic year with re­sources, plans, strate­gies and 2016 Exam re­sults anal­y­sis and Work plans, es­pe­cially, few days be­fore the be­gin­ning of the aca­demic year 2017. School Heads: Head Teach­ers and Prin­ci­pals

En­sure that the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers are pro­vided with all im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion WR VFKRRO RIåFH RSHUDWLQJ KRXUV en­rol­ment queries, exam re­sults dis­sem­i­na­tion etc. Proper cor­re­spon­dence av­enues must be cre­ated and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated ac­cord­ingly to the other stake­hold­ers.

Plan the sched­ule for the An­cil­lary staff and en­sure that the VFKRRO RIåFH LV RSHQ ZKHQ WKH UH­sults are re­leased and in Jan­uary ac­cord­ingly. Keep abreast with im­por­tant dates such as, re­lease of Exam re­sults and dis­sem­i­nate ac­cord­ingly to the other stake­hold­ers.

Re­lease the book dis­tri­bu­tion dates to the par­ents well in ad­vance, if this will be dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Se­cure and main­tain all the re­sources and the school prop­erly. If there is need for any main­te­nance and re­pair work, the pri­or­ity for com­ple­tion should be dur­ing the hol­i­days to avoid any ma­jor dis­tur­bances in Jan­uary.

En­sure all re­ports as needed by MoEHA are sub­se­quently pro­vided.

Keep all up-to-date records such as, 2017 en­rol­ment, FEG grants, project re­port, Exam anal­y­sis, etc. as this can be use­ful anytime.

Col­late all teach­ers and an­cil­lary staff hol­i­day cor­re­spon­dence de­tails and update the Min­istry ac­cord­ingly in case of any un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances.

Con­tact the Min­istry or the 'LVWULFW (GXFDWLRQ 2IåFHV IRU ap­proval of vire­ment for the re­main­ing Free Ed­u­ca­tion Grant to be utilised dur­ing the school hol­i­days for the up­keep, main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tion of the school in­fra­struc­ture.

Iden­tify stu­dents who need to be as­sisted with bags, san­dals, uni­forms, sta­tionery and dis­cuss with WKH 'LVWULFW (GXFDWLRQ 2IåFHUV RQ how th­ese stu­dents can be as­sisted in 2017. School Man­age­ments

Work with the School Heads to se­cure the school and carry out any main­te­nance and re­pair work needed.

En­sure that ar­range­ments are made for the se­cu­rity of the school in­fra­struc­ture.

Work with the School Heads and as­sist in se­cur­ing the school in times of disas­ter warn­ings or as need arises.

Meet with School Heads to dis­cuss fu­ture plans and 2017 re­quire­ments.

The 2017 aca­demic year is greatly looked for­ward to. The past two \HDUV UHaeHFWV RXU LQLWLDWLYHV DQG re­forms, many of which are bear­ing pos­i­tive re­sults now. Our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion has blos­somed through var­i­ous strate­gies and poli­cies put in place. We in­tend to con­tinue mold­ing the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts into a modern, qual­ity driven move­ment and thank all stake­hold­ers who col­lab­o­rated with us this far.

2017 will be an­other great year and I en­cour­age you all to be pre­pared and con­tinue with the drive for ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion.

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe va­ca­tion.

Some of the stu­dents of Nau­sori Pri­mary School af­ter their prize­giv­ing last Fri­day.

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