| || || Lingam, Govinda Ishwar.|
| || || Planning for teacher supply and demand for Fiji primary schools|
Author:Lingam, Govinda Ishwar.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Teachers -- Supply and demand -- Fiji
Call No.: pac LB 2833 .4 .F5 L56
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Abstract: The study is concerned with the issue of planning teacher supply and demand in primary schools in Fiji. The issue has assumed considerable importance in the light of recurrent criticism of Fijis' Primary education system highlighting the inadequacy of the present practice in this area. The criticism of the present system focuses on the criterion used in primary schools which is based solely on teacher- pupil ratio and is applied nation-wide. This is perceived as leading to major imbalances in staffing with different schools either exceeding or not meeting this criterion. The urban schools have exceeded the expected teacher-pupil ratio which results in excessive amount of work for teachers and the rural schools resort generally to multi-class teaching. It is the intention of this study to draw attention to this problem and to explore an alternative approach in this area. As an alternative to the present practice the study proposes a more comprehensive approach to teacher supply and demand planning. This is done by following Williams (1987) model with some adaptations, modifications and including a variety of variables that were not considered in the existing practice. More broadly, the study presents a review of literature identifying the various factors and problems affecting planning of primary teachers in F i j i . ii It also includes a critical analysis of existing teacher- pupil ratio criterion as well as recommendations as to how the proposed new approach can be meaningfully applied to the national system of education in Fiji. Ultimately, the study seeks to overcome the distortions caused to the education system by the existing approach and practice and to propose an alternative one that could improve the quality and efficiency of the primary school sub-system.