THE Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) has applauded the new Education Bill that will undergo nationwide consultation soon.
A newly drafted Education Bill that will soon undergo further nationwide consultation is aimed at replacing the existing Education Act of 1978.
Education minister Dr Derek Sikua announced the bill last week.
SINTA’s general secretary Samson Faisi said while they appreciate the move, he question what part of the country will participate in the consultation.
He said Dr Sikua made the announcement without specifying who will involve, which schools or organisations, where it will be given and with its time frame.
“The ministry needs to come out and clarify it to the public,” Mr Faisi said.
“How will the consultation process go?
“When should it start and end? A time frame needs to be spelled out,” he said.
Mr Faisi added the ministry needs to clarify what sections of the community will be consulted on the bill.
The new Bill envisions a more desirable, coherent and linked education system.
It also makes provision for managing and administering the education sector with wider community participation.
It will support the 2013 Act that established the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), which has been the centre of attention as a provider of tertiary education in the country.
Dr Sikua said it is now time to ensure that we take a more integrated approach to how tertiary education is planned, funded, delivered and monitored.
By STEPHEN DI’ISANGO