Four possible school terms next year

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“We are offering four terms and we have several reasons why we want to do it,” she said.

The Ministry of Education proposes that four terms be implemented starting next year.

Minister for Education, Heritage and the Arts, Premila Kumar said this during the launch of phase four of the Digital Education Transformation, at Swami Vivekananda College, Nadi yesterday.

She said the 2022 academic year started at the end of April and is expected to end on December 16 due to COVID-19.

“We are offering four terms and we have several reasons why we want to do it,” she said.

Mrs. Kumar reasoned:

  • To give teachers enough time to recover, recharge and start the new school year. correct
  • Able to dispatch sporting and unencumbered events, first trimester or mid-second trimester.
  • The merchants’ association has asked for the two Christmas and school opening events a little apart. They saw that parents cannot celebrate Christmas freely, and they start thinking about opening schools, etc.
  • The final reason is to ensure our holiday is aligned with neighbors Australia and New Zealand
  • The school management asked for the school to open a little late due to the unfavorable weather conditions in January, because a lot of bad weather, heavy showers, forced the school to close.

Ms Kumar added that there would be a two-week break after each term with a five-week break at the end.

As usual, the exam will be pushed back towards the end of the year.

“There will be ample time given to us for scoring. We will be able to publish the results in time before the start of the academic year. So we took all of that into account,” she said.

The Minister commended SVC for taking the initiative to be a technology savvy institution as in 2010 it had pioneered e-learning.

Rajesh Krishna, award-winning director of SVC, said: “This phase four offers teachers ‘surface go’ devices – a two-in-one Microsoft tablet and laptop product.

Teachers will use this device to do their work related to teaching and learning and use it in the classroom to teach.

The college has also invested in a physical fitness centre, which will enhance physical education training at the school.

It was opened by the minister.

Story by: Waisea Nasokia

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