18th August 02:56 AM
Concerns raised about the lack of qualified lecturers at the Fiji National University
By Lena Reece
Wednesday 08/08/2018
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at a budget information session at the Fiji National University in Samabula[Photo:Fijian Government]

Concerns have been raised by a Civil Engineering student at the Fiji National University that there is a lack of qualified lecturers to cater for the growing number of students taking the course.

This was brought to the attention of the Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while he was speaking at the Budget Roadshow at the FNU Samabula Derrick Campus.

While responding to the student, Sayed-Khaiyum says that in order to bring in qualified lecturers, FNU will need to pay better salaries.

Sayed-Khaiyum says that discussions have been held with FNU Vice Chancellor, Nigel Healey and the FNU Board and it was discussed that in order to get better qualified people the University needs to pay better salaries.

The Minister for Economy also highlighted that FNU is solely funded by government and is getting a much bigger grant of which $65.1m is allocated for operating grant precisely for the reason to bring in qualified lecturers.

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