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SOEd conducts interviews for interested student teachers

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Students and staff of the SOEd cut the cake led by the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr Timoci Bure at USP’s Laucala Campus.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) conducted interviews for First Year University students who were interested in joining the teaching profession at the Laucala Campus on 5 October 2019.

Professor Govinda Lingam, Head of the SOEd said that this was an annual event and forms an important part of the School work.

He noted that this year the event coincided with the World Teacher’s Day and the theme: “Young teachers: The Future of the Profession” was befitting for the day’s event.

“Over a hundred students attended the interviews and showed interest in becoming teachers. During the interviews it was noted that a lot of the students were passionate about the teaching profession and considered it as an important profession,” Professor Lingam said.

Notable among the interview panels was Mr Timoci Bure, Fiji’s Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education.

Professor Lingam commended the students for the interest shown by attending the interview in numbers.

Apart from the interviews, the students joined the Deputy Permanent Secretary and the School staff to commemorate the World Teachers Day 2019.

In his remarks, Professor Lingam mentioned that “teachers are the key to nation building and more investment in young teachers would pave the way for quality education”. 

He also mentioned that schools are found in a lot of remote locations in Pacific Island countries and teachers are the only public servants serving in them.

“The noble work which teachers are carrying out deserves a lot more motivation, support and attention from all stakeholders,” he commented.

He emphasised that “the interview process, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact serves to strengthen and further the relationship between the SOEd, the Fiji Ministry of Education and other relevant partners in education”.

Professor Lingam acknowledged the team for their support towards the event and in particular, the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mr Timoci Bure for taking part with the School staff to interview the students

Mr Timoci Bure, the Deputy Permanent Secretary Education said that “teaching is the mother of all professions and commended the students for the genuine interest they had demonstrated in joining the teaching profession”.

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