Dr. Krishna looks on as students do their activity.
Thirty-seven (37) teachers who are in the Certificate in Teaching Primary cohort at The University of the South Pacific’s Tuvalu Campus will complete their second last course for their programme during the 2018 summer flexi.
Dr. Raghuwaiya Krishna, a Senior Lecturer with the School of Education (SOEd) will be teaching this cohort, which comprises of teachers who are teaching in eight outer islands of Tuvalu.
Dr Rosiana Lagi, Tuvalu Campus Director stated that this programme commenced in Summer 2017 and will be completed in Winter 2019.
She explained that the courses are taught during the school holidays to allow the teachers to attend. Due to the internet connectivity in the outer islands, they are unable to study via Print, Blended or Online mode and as such, the programme was implemented.
Dr Lagi commented that the programme is part of the Campus and the School of Education’s initiative to assist Tuvalu’s Ministry of Education in training teachers who do not have any teaching qualification.
“We are grateful for the assistance rendered by the School of Education, especially the Head of School Professor Govinda Lingam in allowing the programme to be taught here at the Campus.
This basically means that more teachers in Tuvalu will be qualified and consequently education in Tuvalu will further develop,” she said.
The programme is sponsored by the Government of Tuvalu, for which Dr Lagi and her team are very grateful for.
Dr Lagi will teach five of the eight courses in the programme, two courses will be taken by Dr. Krishna (ED 115 and ED 116) while ED 184 will be coordinated and taught by Dr. Jeremy Dorovolomo during the May, 2019 school holiday.
Ms. Iutofi Tauee, a teacher who has been teaching for eight years at Kaumaile Primary School, said the programme helped her learn new teaching strategies which enabled her to plan her work and teach effectively.
“It also helped me build my network with other teachers and work together in resolving common educational issues in Tuvalu,” she shared.
Mr. Tafusi Tembeti, a teacher at Faikimua Primary School also remarked that the programme has taught him new knowledge and made him more confident to teach in English, and ultimately contribute to his students’ academic performance.
In the meantime, more students including those doing Preliminary, Foundation Studies and completing Post Graduate Studies, are enrolling at the Tuvalu Campus for Semester 1, as a result of a marketing campaign conducted by Dr Lagi and her team in the outer islands.
Dr Lagi stated that “With the increase in number of students this semester, we are grateful that funding has been approved for the expansion of the Tuvalu Campus. It is hoped that the proposed two new classrooms will assist in accommodating the growing number of students”.
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