Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has set out strict deliverables for the distribution of textbooks and eTransport cards to students before the start of the 2018 School Year, and instructed that remaining vacancies for school heads and classroom teachers be filled with qualified applicants as soon as possible.
At a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Education, the AG directed education staff to work more closely with school heads in arranging the delivery of free textbooks and eTransport cards so that students could hit the ground running when they return to school on 15 January 2018.
He emphasised that ministry officials required timely and up-to-date information from school heads, especially given the unprecedented pay rises for school heads announced in the latest national budget.
To boost accountability, the AG also requested that yearly records on the maintenance of textbooks and timely requests of text books be included as Key Performance Indicators for school heads, as well as for Education Resource Staff.
In order to fill outstanding vacancies for classroom teachers in primary schools, the AG directed education staff to hold consultations with Fiji National University and other institutions to ensure aspiring teachers receive their final test results by late December, so that they can be screened and appointed before the start of Term 1.
During the meeting, the AG instructed the Ministry of Education Head Office to ensure that a proper logistical plan is in place and that relevant information is made available to parents, so that schools can work with parents to ensure all primary school students receive their eTransport cards on time.