SOED staff and students meet
Date: April, 05, 2017 10:05 Age: 251 days
SOED staff and students meet
An inaugural meet for staff and students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) got underway at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 15 March 2017.
The ‘Meet and Greet’ was well attended by first-year and continuing students of the School, which has just established a SOED Student Association (SA).
Professor Govind Lingam, Head of the SOED acknowledged students for the initiative saying it was a special occasion and that a SA is an integral aspect that had been missing at the School for years.
He congratulated the students for choosing teaching as their career and for successfully completing their first criteria which was a pass in Form seven (7) .
“However this is not sufficient because at SOED, we have put in place several other measures for you to successfully achieve more before you can get into the teacher education programme proper. The challenge is not over yet,” he stated.
“At the moment, the demand for teachers in the Pacific is growing and so is the pressure on teachers. Employers will look at your transcripts because they want teachers who can demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to uplift the quality of education that we provide to the nation’s children,” he told students.
“You should be well-versed with the subject that you will teach hence the need for you to demonstrate a GPA of above 2.5. This is not only the case in Fiji and the Pacific but in other developed countries as well.
“Only the best qualified teachers are being taken into the profession because they can deliver the best quality education to children,” Professor Lingam said.
He advised students that the Student Coordinator would be contacting them to ensure that their studies are running smoothly and that there is maximum assistance and support provided to them.
Mr Kapil Nadan, First-Year Experience Coordinator (FYEC) for the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) which houses the SOED, encouraged students to make use of the Student Learning Support (SLS) services.
He said the SLS includes services like Study and Academic Skills workshops, Senior Peer Mentoring, Learning Resources, Peer Assisted Study Sessions, Drop-in Services and Guest Lectures.
As for the FYEC, Mr Nadan said programmes include FYE Forums and opportunities for students to engage in wider community-based activities and services such as Disability Resources Centre buddy system.
Mr Tevita, a final year student who initiated the SOEDSA, said the formation of the association was the result of hard work and he acknowledged the association’s executive committee members including staff of the School.
“The SOESA is about you, you motivate us to become your leaders and we are honoured to do that. It took time, sacrifice and personal commitment to get in all the signatories and affiliate our association to the USP Student Association (USPSA),” he added.
Students of the School of Education who attended the inaugural Meet & Greet at the Laucala Campus.