Students of the School of Education who attended the inaugural Meet & Greet at the Laucala Campus.
An inaugural ‘Meet and Greet’ session for staff and students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) was held at the Laucala Campus in Suva on the 15th of March 2017.
The ‘Meet and Greet’ session was well attended by first-year and continuing students of the School of Education, which has just established the School of Education Student Association (SOEDSA).
Professor Govinda Lingam, the Head of the SOED acknowledged the students for the initiative saying, it was a special occasion and that an Association such as this is an integral aspect of the university that had been missing at the School for years.
He congratulated the students for the formation of the Association and for choosing teaching as their lifelong career. He added the teachers’ world of work is unique and it would give them immense satisfaction in moulding the lives of the students whom they are going to teach in the near future. He also commended the students for successfully completing their secondary education, which enabled them to enter the USP for further studies.
“However, this is not sufficient because at SOED we have put in place other necessary requirements for you to fulfil 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 to perform exceptionally well. Employers will look at your transcripts because they want teachers who can demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to uplift the quality of education provided 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 in your first year courses and successfully completing the student –teacher interview towards the end of the year before you are guaranteed to take up the teacher education programme.
Only the best qualified students would be taken into the programme,” Professor Lingam said.
He advised the students to take advantage of the quality support services available at the University that would help them in achieving academic progress and success.
Mr Kapil Nadan, First-Year Experience Coordinator (FYEC) for the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) which houses the SOED, strongly 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 among others.
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 SOED.
“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.
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