| || || Tuimavana, Ruveni W. R.|
| || || Developing and retaining quality teachers in rural Fiji primary schools|
Author:Tuimavana, Ruveni W. R.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
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Abstract: According to the Deputy Secretary for Education in Fiji, Mr. Filipe Jitoko, the Ministry faces a huge task in attracting teachers to rural and remote locations in the country (“Teachers shy from rural postings,” 2008). More recently, the Interim Minister for Education Mr. Filipe Bole highlighted the disparity between rural and urban schools as reality and not a myth (“Education gap identified,” 2009). In order to improve educational delivery to rural and remote locations it was necessary to explore the topic of this study, which was an attempt to capture the perceptions of teachers of their work in three rural schools, and discusses the problems that they face in working in remote and rural areas in the hope that the information gathered may assist the Ministry of Education recruit, develop and retain quality teachers for those areas. As well as teachers, a number of key stakeholders were also interviewed in an attempt to gauge a broader perspective of the issues raised. Many problems were identified as contributing to the problem of teacher development, recruitment and retention in rural schools and the need for appropriate policies to address them. The study also highlights the potential contribution of the vanua as cultural capital for providing support to schools as well as teachers in rural Fijian schools. It was found that the vanua, the study found that acted as the ‘social glue’ that holds most rural communities together and school leaders needed to negotiate ethical pathways that touch the heart of these communities. The study findings provide insights into the work of rural teachers and make suggestions for the improved development and retention of quality teachers in rural schools.