From L-R: Mr Qalo Lesi (Principal, John Wesley College), Dr Sunil Singh (SOED Senior Lecturer) and Mr Netani Cavu (FTA representative) interviewing a student during the process.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) held its annual screening interviews with potential teacher education students for 2018 on 14 October.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd welcomed panellists saying the students are those who have completed the first year of their respective degrees and wish to start a concurrent Graduate Certificate in Education.
This Certificate, he explained, which will enable them to teach after graduation.
Professor Lingam stated that, “the interviews were used to select students into SOED’s teacher education programme and to identify students who may need extra support on their journey to become quality teachers”.
On hand to assist with the interviews were a number of Ministry of Education personnel, Head Teachers and Principals of the Demonstration Schools, and representatives from the Fiji Teachers Union and Fijian Teachers Association.
Along with the School of Education lecturing staff, a number interview panels were formed to conduct the interviews.
According to Professor Lingam, for most students the interview is the first of many points of contact with the Ministry of Education and the real world of teaching.
Students were asked about their desire to become teachers and their current views on a range of educational issues, for example, classroom management, learning and the challenges of teaching.
Over the next few weeks the results of the interviews will be analysed along with panellist’s recommendations and decisions made concerning which students will proceed into the Graduate Certificate in Education next year.
Professor Lingam sincerely thanked the Ministry of Education and other participants for their valuable assistance and emphasised that “the interview process, as well as the opportunity to meet socially serves to strengthen further the ties the School of Education has with the Ministry of Education and other relevant stakeholders”.
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