USP'S CHANDRA SAYS EVERYONE TO BLAME FOR REGION'S LOW EDUCATION LEVEL

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 18, 1999 - PACNEWS/INCL)---The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific says everyone is to blame for the low education level of students in the Pacific Islands region.

Professor Rajesh Chandra made the comments at the opening of the Pacific Teacher Educator's Conference today at the University of the South Pacific, where teachers from throughout the region are discussing education needs in the new millennium.

Professor Chandra told those in attendance that everyone is blaming someone else for the low quality of education that students in the Pacific acquire in schools.

He said USP blames the teachers, not realizing that the university itself has to take some responsibility because most of the teachers in the region are USP trained.

He said the teachers, too, have to share the responsibility, instead of blaming the ministries of education and the curriculum.

Chandra said teacher education institutions also should accept some of the responsibility and take urgent action to address the problems.

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