Ministry to address internet issue in rural areas

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Permanent Secretary for Education Selina Kuruleca at the Fiji National Education Summit held at the Sheraton Fiji Golf and Beach Resort in Denarau Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Getting internet to rural and maritime schools is a challenge that the Education Ministry will address as one of its key focuses moving forward.

This issue was thoroughly discussed at the National Education Summit with stakeholders from the public, private and civil sector coming together to find solutions to the ongoing issue.

Education Minister Aseri Radrodro said with the advent of technology, Fiji could no longer be complacent and stay stuck in traditional models of learning and teaching methods.

“COVID-19 has taught the world that we must move with time and as we look into the future with expectancy of more climate change challenges, more global shocks and meltdowns and global political upheavals, we will need to build strong resilient communities that can survive the test of time,” said Mr Radrodro.

“These are important infrastructural tools needed for us to be able to establish the equitable accessibility to inclusive learning platforms like e-learning.”

Permanent secretary for Education Ministry Selina Kuruleca said 8 per cent of primary schools and 2 per cent of secondary schools were without internet connection.

“Those with internet connection, 10 per cent primary, secondary 5 per cent,” said Ms Kuruleca.

“Those with reliable internet connectivity, primary school 82 per cent and secondary schools 94 per cent.” She said most schools had access to ICT equipment.

“We have desktops in schools, laptops, tablets and projectors per school.

“On average, schools in the Central Division have an average of five, Eastern two, Northern two and Western 10. “These are schools that have tablets, desktops, laptops and projectors per school.”