Education Ministry approves ‘Demonstration Schools’ for SOED
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Permanent Secretary Education, Ioane Tiko (sitting 4th from left) and Professor Lingam, HOS (sitting 3rd from left) with the SOED staff following the announcement at USP Laucala Campus.
Fiji’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has approved three Demonstration Schools for The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED).
Mr Ioane Tiko, Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts, met with Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOED and his staff on 26 April 2017 to announce the approval of the new initiative in the preparation of teachers.
The approval was based on a formal request by Professor Lingam to the MOE for three schools near to Laucala campus be used as Demonstration Schools by SOED.
“By having such schools, student teachers can have ongoing exposure and experience to teachers’ world of work and be better prepared for work when they join the teaching profession,” explained Professor Lingam.
After cooperative planning between the MOE and SOED at USP, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Tiko officially announced the establishment of what will be termed ‘Demonstration Schools’ in the Suva area.
“The Demonstration School initiative is a further example of the Ministry of Education and teacher education providers, such as USP, working in valued partnership.”
“Educational partnerships such as this are vital for nation building in Fiji” said Mr Tiko.
The initial three Demonstration Schools announced by Mr Tiko are John Wesley Primary School; John Wesley College; and Hilton Special School.
He mentioned that these are the schools that have been identified as particular models for improvement in the quality of teaching and learning that the SOED can now utilise in its practical preparation of teachers.
“Certainly all schools in Fiji and in the wider region are used by the SOED in its practicum programmes, however, the Demonstration School initiative formalises an agreement in partnership to place students in these schools for purposes ranging from: observation visits by students; opportunities for micro-teaching; short term practicum placements; as well as serve as sites for educational research by staff and postgraduate students of the School of Education,” said Professor Lingam.
The Heads of the Schools, who were present for the announcement and staff at the Demonstration Schools, have agreed to work closely with SOED staff in contributing towards the professional preparation of future teachers.
At the end of the formalisation process, Professor Lingam thanked the Ministry of Education, particularly Mr Tiko for kindly agreeing to the request.
“The SOED is thankful to the Permanent Secretary for allowing us to use the three schools as Demonstration Schools and also for his continued support to the SOED in its effort to improve teacher quality in the region," said Professor Lingam.
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