26 Nov 2002

Fiji teachers resign in droves

11:28 am on 26 November 2002

Teachers in Fiji are reported to be resigning at the rate of ten a day to migrate to other countries for better paying jobs.

The Fiji Times says the acting secretary for education, Alumita Taganesia, has confirmed the figure.

She says apart from resignations received at the ministry of education, others are going direct to divisional eductaional heads in district offices.

Meanwhile, 235 teachers will graduate from training colleges this year but only 70 will be taken into the public service because of the freeze placed on civil service recruitment by cabinet last week.

The Fiji Teachers Union says the situation has forced some teachers to teach extremely large classes while those in rural and island schools are teaching two classes.