There are a couple of rural colleges that wouldn’t have any pure science topic academics, significantly physics.
Schooling Ministry appearing everlasting secretary Timoci Bure mentioned this whereas answering questions concerning issues by some mother and father that some colleges didn’t have all of the required pure science academics and “youngsters have been educating themselves”.
He mentioned appointment to rural distant areas was fairly difficult as a result of some academics have been hesitant to take up rural or distant posting, and that these colleges didn’t have head of division positions to make it extra profitable.
“A scarcity of science is already skilled, particularly with physics,” Mr Bure mentioned.
“Some academics have been recognized they usually have but to finish their registration with Fiji Academics Registration Authority (FTRA) and should not educated academics.
“Now we have made an settlement with FTRA in order that untrained academics can nonetheless be registered.
He mentioned one of many affected colleges was Ratu Finau Secondary Faculty however “an officer was presently doing his FTRA registration and would journey as soon as a ship was out there”.
He additionally mentioned that skilled academics have been taking job affords from abroad.
“We’re planning in direction of giving these positions some incentives in order that extra educated and skilled academics can take up such postings.
“For the reason that final 10 years, educated physics, maths, science and first college academics are resigning to take up educating jobs in Australia and New Zealand.
“This scarcity of maths and science academics is skilled all through the Pacific Island nations.”
Mr Bure mentioned that whereas the extension of the retirement age has helped, enchancment of working circumstances and setting was one other key to addressing the trainer scarcity in Fiji.