The University of Fiji will provide an Advisory to Careers Teachers and Principals of Fiji’s Secondary Schools on the courses offered by the University in 2021 in view of the Covid-19 situation.

The Workshop will be held simultaneously in Suva, Saweni and Labasa on Saturday 19th September from 9 am. Careers teachers and Principals from all over Fiji have been invited to attend the Advisory.

The Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Shaista Shameem said that the University planned to provide advice to prospective students through their careers teachers and Principals on the various qualifications their students may wish to pursue given the limitations of the Covid-19 framework in learning and teaching in higher education.

“We know that many students will find the new learning environment challenging but we hope to make it easier for them to attain their university degrees with minimum stress and confusion about job prospects in the future” Professor Shameem said.

She said that it was obvious that ‘industry’ all over the world was collapsing at rate faster than anticipated in the early stages of the pandemic. This meant that students leaving high schools at the end of the year would be wondering about their future job prospects and the kind of qualifications they might be able to attain in view of the limited jobs now available in all areas of work. Professor Shameem said the future of good work was something the University felt duty bound to understand and explain to prospective students in order to give them the best advice it could.

“We have very little hope that this pandemic will end any time soon, and we must therefore try and understand the uncertainties that are now faced by young people as they try to think of alternatives,” she said. Professor Shameem said that the change in the TSLB and NTS regime also needed to be addressed properly by the University so that prospective students could be advised on the sponsored programmes that were available from 2021.

The Advisory Workshop will be a combination of virtual and face to face interactions with careers teachers and Principals and will be introduced by the Acting Vice Chancellor. Details of the University’s programmes and admission requirements will be provided by the Deans of Schools- the School of Humanities and Arts (SoHA), the School of Science and Technology (SoST), the School of Business and Economics (SoBE), the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UPSM&HS), Justice Devendra Pathik School of Law (JDPSoL) and the Centre for iTaukei Studies (CIS) as well as by the University’s senior administrative staff.

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