Students in teacher education programmes undergo orientation
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Mr Pranil Deo, Manager, Professional Standards at FTRA touched on the role of the teaching profession.
An inaugural orientation session for students in the teacher training programmes at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) was held by the Fiji Teacher’s Registration Authority (FTRA) at the Laucala Campus on 21 March, 2017.
Aimed at orientating and addressing the first year students, Mr Pranil Deo, Manager, Professional Standards at FTRA touched on the role of the teaching profession, FTRA and its functions, modern skills needed to teach and the Professional Standards for Teachers in Fiji.
Quoting Mr John Hunter, an award-winning fourth-grade teacher, he emphasised how crucial a teacher is in the lives of students. He further referred to data from Tennessee and Texas in the United States, which implied that effective teachers have an effect on their students for their entire lifetime.
Mr Deo clearly outlined the functions of FTRA , it’s structure and a crucial part of its promulgation, “10 – (1) No person shall be permitted to teach at a school in Fiji unless the person is a holder of a certificate of registration….permitting the person to teach or practice teaching at a school in Fiji.”[FTRB Promulgation 2008, Part 3 – Registration of Teachers].
He explained the ten professional standards for teachers in Fiji and stressed the importance of upholding them at all times in their professional practices.
According to Mr Deo, another extremely important component of being a teacher is developing soft skills such as Communication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Teamwork, Networking, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Professionalism. These qualities he said, will make one a great teacher.
In acknowledging USP’s School of Education for facilitating this first session, he told the students to aim to take the teaching profession more seriously. He further emphasised that effective and accomplished teachers are well versed with content and pedagogy, and possess suitable soft skills.
The Head of School of Education, Professor Lingam thanked the FTRA for its valuable role in maintaining teacher standards in Fiji schools and also for constantly reminding prospective teachers about the crucial role they will play in shaping the future of the children.
He further stated that, the SOED and FTRA need to work collaboratively in ensuring quality teachers are supplied to all levels of the nation’s education system.
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