Summit to discuss issues

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Minister for Education, Aseri Radrodro during break between sessions at the Parliament complex in Suva on Monday, Sep 11, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The National Education Summit will provide a space for participants to discuss the issues of out-of-school students and consider solutions, says Education Minister Aseri Radrodro.

This comes after an analysis of school enrolment rates showed a number of out-of-school students were of school age.

“In the case of those already in schools, some are at risk of dropping out due to limited learning pathways in the curriculum,” Mr Radrodro said.

“Unfortunately, the school programs are limited and are exam oriented. A space is also provided for teacher training institutions to be part of the discussions in regard to teacher training and development.

“We are also providing an opportunity for development partners to share their support towards the education sector in Fiji and consider mechanisms of closer collaboration.”

Mr Radrodro said the main outcome of the National Education Summit would be a Fiji National Education Policy Framework document that had been developed corroboratively during pre-summit consultations to guide education development in Fiji over the next 10 years.

“The document outlines the main strategies in developing education in the country under the seven thematic areas as earlier outlined.

“We understand the employment landscapes in the country and through the processes of GPU funding, an education sector analysis has been undertaken by a specialist and the report has provided evidence in the development of the new education policy framework.”

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