It has been alleged that Fiji’s Public Service Commission (PSC) refused to consider a submission from the Catholic Board of Education requesting that heads of their schools belong to the Catholic faith.
In a letter made public last week, Director of Catholic Education, Remesio Rogovakalali, said the PSC had turned down a Catholic Education delegation request for Catholic schools to have a Catholic principal.
“Our submission was to ensure that Catholic schools are headed by head teachers and principals who belong to the Catholic faith, to safeguard the Catholic character of Catholic schools,” Mr Rogovakalali said.
He said the rejection by the PSC could lead to the eventual death of the character, culture and values of Catholic schools and Catholic education in Fiji and Rotuma.
However, the Ministry of Education says it remains open to the staffing requests of schools run by religious institutions.
“Any school authority that needs the principal or head teacher to be of the same faith can approach the Ministry of Education and we will facilitate this,” Mr Bole said.
The Vicar General of the Catholic Church of Fiji said Catholics should know that all the teachers in Catholic schools cannot be Catholics.
The Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand is out of the country and will comment when he returns.
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