The Principal and teachers of Adi Cakobau School strongly believe that having specialized career teachers in secondary schools is vital. The sentiment is expressed to the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) Consultation team currently visiting secondary schools and higher education institutions in the Central/Eastern division.
Adi Cakobau is the first secondary school to be visited this week, and the participating teachers freely express themselves on skills training and education issues.
FHEC Chair, Mr Steve Chand explained that the same sentiment is received from other secondary schools they had visited and is grateful for the positive contributions from principals and teachers.
“Students are not given justice with the way career advice and education is currently provided,” Mr Chand further described.
FHEC Director, Dr Rohit Kishore agreed that the availability of professional career teachers will provide essential support to the students in their choice of subjects and help them make informed career paths.
Mr Chand said that talking to secondary school teachers provides the platform to hear from the general education practitioners on the ground who sometimes need to be heard. They carry out the hard yards and will be the best ones to identify issues and recommend how to address them.
Mr Chand further described that professional intervention in career education at secondary schools is a thematic area to look at when addressing skills education and training in Fiji.