Fiji Education Sector Support
Tetra Tech designed and manages Australia’s new education program, Fiji Education Sector Support, to strengthen the education sector in Fiji through training and civil services reform.
The quality of education is a priority issue in Fiji due to inadequate performance of students in literacy and numeracy, from primary to tertiary levels. School dropout rates and delivering quality education in a highly geographically dispersed country such as Fiji remain a problem. The Fiji government has an ambitious agenda to strengthen Fiji’s education, acknowledging the importance of a quality education for the creation of a skilled and adaptable workforce in a knowledge-based society. They recognize that this will in turn, boost productivity and economic growth.
During those years, it was a struggle for us. When we needed to send emails, we either went to Rakiraki or Korovou town to buy our own personal modem. But with this reliable and quality internet service now, both the students and the teachers can access the internet. This internet connectivity will enhance learning in many ways. I strongly believe that this is a great asset which will improve the delivery of my lessons in years to come.Mr. Akuila Seru, Navesau Adventist High School in Tailevu
Tetra Tech is working in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage, and the Arts (MEHA), to contribute to Fiji’s strategic priorities through targeted support including demand-driven technical assistance, grants to support analytics, and partnerships. The program framework will be a systems-based approach that comprises systems strengthening, capacity development, and partnerships for teaching and learning.
By improving teacher quality through upgraded qualifications and pre-service and in-service training, the new program aims to contribute to new curriculum development with specific emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Tetra Tech also is working to increase functionality of the Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) to enhance data usage and data analysis and evidence-based decision making, setting an example for the pacific region. Finally, to ensure FEMIS is fully effective, we are working to provide reliable internet connectivity options to schools with no or intermittent internet access.
Tetra Tech supported literacy training for more than 1,100 teachers of grade three and four and numeracy training for more than 1,200 teachers of grade three and four across all nine education districts. More than 66 percent of the teachers of grade three and four have completed the literacy training and 81 percent the numeracy training. Tetra Tech continues to support training of the remaining grade three and four teachers and for district staff, head teachers, and mentors to monitor their use of the teaching strategies learned.
Tetra Tech provided technical assistance to update FEMIS functionality to incorporate data from Fiji’s post-secondary institutions and enable MEHA to monitor student progression from their first year in school to post-secondary education. This monitoring will facilitate a holistic understanding of the education sector in Fiji.
Tetra Tech supported an innovative internet technology pilot that used cellular technology to bring a reliable internet connection to seven schools across Fiji, benefiting nearly 700 students and school management. This practical, cost-effective approach to enhancing school internet connectivity was assessed as effective and robust by MEHA. If scaled up, the approach has the potential to benefit more than 200 schools throughout Fiji.