FIJI’S EDUCATION SYSTEM TO BE REVIEWED

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 24, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The Fiji Government has announced plans to organize an Education Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the country’s education system.

"We are moving quickly on this," Pratap Chand, Fiji’s Education Minister said.

Yesterday, the Cabinet approved in principle a recommendation from the ministry to have an Education Commission of six people, including at least two to be drawn from overseas.

The Commission is to examine and review education in Fiji, taking into account recent educational developments both locally and globally, anticipated educational changes and future national needs, attitudes and circumstances in Fiji.

The Cabinet has authorized Minister Chand to further develop connections with educational specialists at the University of the South Pacific, the two teachers unions and other organizations directly involved in the provision of education and training to assist in carrying out the study.

Approaches will be made to overseas funding organizations for grant assistance to cover the costs of the education review.

The last comprehensive education review in Fiji was carried out by an Education Commission in 1969.

The previous Government had conducted an in-house review and incorporated the findings in a document called "Education 2020." This will be used by the Commission as resource material.

The Education Minister is to report back to Cabinet in early August with plans for final approval, after which the Commission is expected to begin its work.

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