15 Dec 2011

Vanuatu Teachers Union questions implementation of new standard

6:56 pm on 15 December 2011

The Vanuatu Teachers Union is questioning how the government intends to implement a new standard to ensure teachers receive regular feedback from school advisors.

The Vanuatu Minimum Quality Standards have been launched by the government with development partners: UNICEF, Australia and New Zealand.

The President of the Union Wilfred Leo says it is glad to see one of the 15 policies encourages local communities to participate in the running of the school.

But he wonders how the government will ensure teachers are certified and receive regular feedback, particularly in rural schools.

"We want to see the Government through school inspectors and curriculum advisors to do that regularly because most of the teachers are in places which are quite remote. And when we talk about quality, we need to reach out to them. We shouldn't be out in the open area only but we need to go further, out in the rural are where they need help."

Wilfred Leo says he believes financing the standards could be a real challenge for the government.