Catholics should head Catholic schools

Catholics should lead catholic schools, the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji says.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva wrote to the education minister about consulting Catholic schools management regarding the appointment of principals to Catholic schools after the principals of two Catholic high schools were replaced by non-Catholics.

Schools are run by various religions in Fiji, with funding provided by the government.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for appointing the principals.

In his letter to Minister of Education Rosy Akbar, he asked that the “unique culture of the school” be included as a criterion for merit when it comes to school head appointments.

“Catholic schools and other faith-based schools have unique religious traditions that contribute to the education of children. Our schools have been led by a principal or head teacher of our faith until the implementation of OMRSS,” Chong wrote.

“We simply and humbly request that the Ministry of Education consults the school management about appointments and that the unique culture of the school be included as a criterion for merit when it comes to school head appointments,” he said.

He also pointed out that the Church has passionately committed itself to the education of the Fijian people over the last 70 years and now owns and runs 19 secondary and 44 primary schools.

The Church also provides employment for about 1,020 teachers.

He explained that the unique culture and values of Catholic schools have educated leaders such as Voreqe Bainimarama, the current Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.


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