Teachers from forty-six high schools from the Western Division attended a Careers Teachers Workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus on 18 July 2014.
Organised by USP Lautoka, the workshop began with a welcome address by Campus Director Dr. Pramila Devi followed by a keynote address by Divisional Education Officer Western Loraima Voravora.
Mr Voravora highlighted how important the role of careers teachers was in terms of shaping the lives and future of students. He encouraged careers teachers to carry out outreach programme in their community.
The teachers were briefed by academic and other senior staff on the various programmes and courses offered at USP Lautoka through USP’s three faculties – Faculty of Arts Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) as well as College of Foundation Studies (CFS) and Continuing and Community Education (CCE).
The teachers learned about courses offered by CFS and the options available for students if they failed to meet the minimum entry requirement of USP.
They also learned about other programs and courses offered by FALE, FBE and FSTE, the different kinds of support services available to students and the roles and functions of SAS.
There were various other significant information the teachers received such as the new TAFE accredited courses available through Lautoka Campus and information related to finance and scholarship.
The workshop was concluded by a presentation on the upcoming CCE courses by the Centre for Vocational and Continuing Education (CVCE) Director Hasmukh Lal.
Each presentation was followed by a discussion session that gave the participants an opportunity to ask questions and get their doubts clarified.
Workshop Organiser, Mr. Shakeel Mohammed said the careers teachers were happy with the initiative taken by Lautoka Campus in creating awareness on what the campus can offer to the students. He said some teachers had expressed that they had little knowledge about the range of courses offered by Lautoka Campus as they had the impression that the Campus being a Distance and Flexible Learning (DFL) Centre offered very limited courses to students in the western division.
“Most of the teachers said they would now be better prepared for their career classes they are now better informed about the programmes, courses and services available at USP Lautoka,” Mr. Mohammed said.