Fiji lacks a lot of Specialists!

This was the message from the Minister for Education, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while officiating at the World Harvest Centre Zone 38 Gala Dinner held at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

Fiji lack’s a lot of specialists in the various fields of work.

The Minister for Education, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while attending a dinner for the World Harvest Centre Zone says that in Fiji we don’t even QUOTE ” have a doctor that can carry out Open Heart Surgery” UNQUOTE.

“We don’t even have a fully qualified speech therapist, a Fijian speech therapist. Many of our children, some of our children when they’re born they have a slight impediment with their speech. If we don’t actually intervene at the right time, than they may loose their speech and grow into adulthood that way , but if we make the right interventions at the right time with the right qualified people, they’ll overcome that problem”, said Minister for Education – Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Sayed-Khaiyum adds hence the reason why Government is offering 20 Undergraduate Scholarships to Year 13 students who would want to pursue a career based on fields we are unfamiliar with.

“The reason behind this Ladies and Gentlemen is fundamentally a lack of investment in our Education Sector and indeed a lack of investment in our medical field as for years the medical fraternity in Fiji has been neglected. Today in Fiji if you actually become a doctor you have the ability to carry our post graduate studies which the Government pays for you to complete.”

He adds that teachers and educators should look at new ways in imparting knowledge to students to make teaching more interesting.

“Look at new ways of teaching and in fact imparting knowledge to students, because you know the way you impart knowledge to students is very different to what it was about 20 to 30 years ago when we were in high schools. Today students have phones, they have access to internet and their ability in respect of teacher span and the methodology of teaching need to attract their attention.”

He adds they are also looking at including very complex issues into the teaching environment to make learning more holistic for students.

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