Some teachers with 20 to 30 years of work experience were demoted and the Fiji Teachers Confederation blames the open merit policy that the Ministry of Education has implemented to recruit teachers.

The open merit system was implemented last year where those who wish to become teachers can sit a 3 hour exam.

Through the results, the Ministry determines the ranks or position that each person may hold.

Agni Deo says the demotion of some teachers who has more than a decade of work experience has affected them emotionally and will affect the quality of their output , causing rippling effects towards the quality of Fiji’s education.

Questions were sent to the Ministry of Education but no response has been received so far.

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