SOEd hosts another successful FTRA Teacher Induction Programme
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Participants at SOEd’s FTRA Teacher Induction Programme.
The inaugural orientation session for students in the teacher training programmes at The University of the South Pacific (USP), organised by the School of Education (SOEd) from 11-12 June 2018 turned out to be another success.
Facilitated by the Fiji Teacher’s Registration Authority (FTRA), the programme is for final year students in SOEd’s initial teacher education programmes of Bachelor of Arts Graduate Certificate in Education (GECD), Bachelor of Commerce GCED and Bachelor of Science GCED.
With guest presenters from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Fiji Teachers Union (FTU), Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) and the FTRA itself, the students were given exposure to information, policies and procedures of these important organisations for their smooth transition into their teaching career.
In his welcome address, Dr Gregory Burnett, Senior Lecturer at SOEd highlighted the importance of SOEd partnering with the Ministry of Education and the FTRA saying it “it is something we are working to do more of”.
Additionally, Dr Greg compared the partnership of SOEd with MOE and FTRA to a baton change, highlighting that “the growth and development of teacher professionalism continues as students pass from SOEd to their employer.”
Mr Yogesh Prasad, Manager Recruitment and Selection from MoE explained the recruitment process and salary scales of different categories including Specialised Education, Early Childhood Teaching, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Technical and Vocational Education teaching.
Mr Peni Delaibatiki from the FTA enlightened the students about the teachers union, its mission and vision, its importance and the services provided to members.
To understand the core functions of the Curriculum Advisory Services (CAS), Mrs Ruci Qele, Principal Education Officer Primary Curriculum, thoroughly explained to the students what CAS entails. The students were particularly made aware of the functions of the Secondary section.
Mr Albert Soderberg, FTRA CEO and Mr Pranil Deo, Manager, Professional Standards detailed the roles and responsibilities of the FTRA and its importance in the education sector. Students were thoroughly informed about the entire teacher registration process.
Now into its fourth year, the annual two-day workshop has been hailed a huge success.This programme is another step towards the preparation of SOEd students for their teaching career.
Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd, commended everyone for their collaboration in this event and emphasised that SOEd “values partnerships with other stakeholders such as the MoE, CAS, FTA and the FTRA and continues to strengthen it through such workshops in order to produce competent teachers”.
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