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USP’s School of Education reaches out to rural teachers

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Professor Lingam, Head of the School of Education (sitting, 9th from left) and Dr. Mesake Dakuidreketi senior lecturer (sitting, 12th from left) with the Sigatoka cohort students.













The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus has taken a step forward to decentralise its services in Fiji’s Western division through cohort-based teaching.

Head of USP’s School of Education (SOE) Professor Govinda Lingam confirmed that teachers from the Nadroga/Navosa education district were the first ones to benefit from cohort-based teaching.

He explained that a good number of teachers from Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood Education have enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care courses.

All these courses he said, are conducted at the Sigatoka Methodist Mission School on Saturdays. At the moment, over 60 teachers have taken advantage of this service and included in this group are 20 Postgraduate Diploma in Education students.

This initiative was adopted to assist teachers serving in rural and remote schools who are not able to upgrade their qualifications due to the geographic location, time and cost involved in travelling to Lautoka and Laucala campuses.

“We are very thankful to USP for reaching out to the teachers of Sigatoka with this much-needed service,” said the Education Officer Secondary, Mr. Shalendra Rao.

Professor Lingam encouraged all Nadroga/Navosa teachers to come forward and take advantage of this opportunity and upgrade their qualifications.

He stated that this would add quality to their service delivery and help improve children’s performance in school work.

He further mentioned that the Lautoka campus-based education lecturer, Mr. Lalesh Sharma is currently working with his team to set-up similar cohorts in other education districts in the Western division.

“Such initiatives would take education closer to the doorsteps of students,” he noted.


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