14 May 2012

USP and Vanuatu team up to train hundreds of teachers

7:17 pm on 14 May 2012

The University of the South Pacific is to provide training of more than one thousand secondary and primary school teachers.

As the result of an agreement signed by the USP vice-chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra and Vanuatu's education minister, Marcellino Pipite, hundreds of untrained teachers will be able to sit the diploma in education at Vanuatu's Institute of Training in Education.

The exercise, being funded by the Australian government aid programme, was announced during a meeting of Pacific Education Ministers in Port Vila.

Professor Chandra says it is widely recognized that outcomes in education depend greatly on having well trained teachers.

"The Institute is able to do the normal teacher training but it cannot provide the training of this large number of people who are not trained. We will have a time frame, we will use the assistance provided by Australia so that in the next five years all of these teachers will be trained in Vanuatu."

The training program is financed by the Australian government.