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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
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Open Merit Recruiting Selection & Globalization
Published by February 16, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
The Open Merit Recruiting Selection Policy is supported by the World Bank. This was revealed by Jane Curran (OMRS consultant) and Alison Burchell (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education) in their meeting with Faith Based School representatives on 8th January, 2019. Economic Studies and research argue that The World Bank....more
From Archbishop Peter Chong
Published by February 05, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Dear Catholic Brothers and Sisters; Thank you for your prayers and support during our meeting with the Minister of Education. The Minister of Education has in principle agreed to our three requests: 1. Consult with the management of a faith communities before appointing a head of school conducted by that faith based organisation. ......more
Statement by the Faith Communities Leaders regarding the
Open Merit Recruiting Selection (OMRS)
Published by February 05, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Madam, Honourable Minister for Education, the Faith Community Leaders are very happy to attend this meeting to discuss with you an issue central to our calling and obligations as faith leaders, and which is attracting much public attention, namely education. Thank you, Madam, for your generosity and understanding. ......more
ARCHBISHOP'S SUBMISSION TO THE JOINT STATEMENT
Published by February 05, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
The talanoa-style meeting was held in good spirit, and the Hon Minister pledged to have an open, direct and mutually-respectful dialogue with the religious leaders as appointments are made going forward. The parties confirmed common ground in numerous ways to improve the appointment process ?? methods that are both ......more
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND FAITH BASED LEADERS
Published by February 05, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Yesterday morning, at the invitation of the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, leaders of Fiji's faith based organisations (FBOs) met with the Hon Minister Rosy Akbar to candidly discuss the issue of appointments of heads of school. The Minister recognised the important role that FBOs had played, and continue to play, in education ......more
Faith Community Leaders Meet the Minister of Education
Published by February 01, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com

The Faith Community Leaders will meet with the Hon. Minister of Education, Ms Rosy Akbar on Monday 4th February 12.00 noon to discuss 'School Heads'. I ask you all to pray for this important meeting. I ask our Catholic Priests to include a prayer for the meeting in the Prayers of the Faithful......more

Methodist Church wants direct approach to Education Minister..
Published by January 25, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Methodist Church in Fiji President Reverend Doctor Epineri Vakadewavosa and Minister for Education Rosy Akbar The Methodist Church in Fiji says they want the Ministry of Education to come to the table and have constructive dialogue on the call being made for Headteachers and Principals of faith based schools to be of the same faith...........more
TISI Sangam says call by the Catholic Church....
Published by January 24, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
By Vijay Narayan Thursday 24/01/2019 TISI Sangam says the call by the Catholic Church needs to be listened to as there are others making the same call including TISI Sangam Fiji. TISI Sangam Fiji President Sadasivan Naicker says as a multi faith based and socio educational, cultural and religious organization, TISI Sangam fully supports..........more
THE Seventh-day Adventist Church has joined......
Published by January 22, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
THE Seventh-day Adventist Church has joined other faith-based organisations to call on Government for faith-based organisations to be included in the recruitment process of their schools. This year, after three years of pleading with Government to consider faith or religion as a criteria in the selection of teachers and school leaders.........more
Private schools, the State and Religion
Published by January 22, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Private schools, the State and Religion: being fair to both sides. Fiji Sun, 28 February 2013. 27/02/2013 tags: Brother Fergus, Catholics, Demographics, education, Indo-Fijians, Marist Brothers, Nuns, religion, school fees, School management, School zoning, State Private schools, the State and Religion: being fair to both sides. Fiji Sun.........more
Ashwin Raj pounces on Archbishop
Published by January 20, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
By Professor Wadan Narsey I had originally intended this to be a post-script in my previous post, but this incident is so typical of the deep cancerous malaise that currently afflicts Fiji, that I post this separately] Ashwin Raj is not only the Director of the Hu­man Rights and Anti-Discrimina­tion Commission (HRADC), but also Chairman........more
As a faith-based institution
Published by January 20, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
Josaia Naulumatua Rayawa
19 January, 2019 Allow me to present this from a different angle. Put aside for the moment that we are also taxpayers and just consider yourself as bible believing and faith-based individual for now. As a faith-based institution we just need to be gently.......more
Education PS defends policy
Published by January 19, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Catholic School's heads and administrators present during their meeting at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Picture: JONA KONATACI A HEATED argument broke out between Education Ministry permanent secretary Alison Burchell and stakeholders of Catholic schools during a meeting at the Sacred Heart Cathedral .......more
Churches attack Government's open merit
Published by January 19, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
TWO major faith-based organisations which run a number of schools in the country have joined forces to openly criticise Government on its decision to appoint school heads based on open merit recruitment and selection (O MRS) guidelines. Methodist Church in Fiji president the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa and the head.......more
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION LACKS UNDERSTANDING....
Published by January 19, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
The following statement was issued today by Sitiveni Rabuka, the Leader of Opposition & Party Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party. I am disappointed by the refusal of the Minister of Education to consider the request from the Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong for dialogue on the appointment of school-heads.......more
The Right of Religious Communities or Denominations...
Published by January 19, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
The right of religious communities or denominations under Art.22(4) of the Fiji Constitution to 'establish, maintain and manage' places of education, includes by extension a legal right to choose a principal of the same faith. To the extent that the OMRS derogates from that right, I would respectfully suggest that it must defer to the supreme law......more
STATEMENT BY Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa
Published by January 19, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
I wish to add my voice to the current divisive and troubling education controversy about merit in appointments of teachers and principals. I also express my support for recent education statements by the Leader of the Opposition. He spoke of the poor state of the Government's education system, criticized its policy on appointments and.......more
CATHOLIC DISCERNMENT TO THE OPEN MERIT
Published by January 17, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
Archbishop Peter Chong, after consultation with his advisors decided that he would initiate a discernment process to further reflect on the issue of the OMRS. This was to be a consultative process that will include prayer, critical reflection and a strategic plan of action, informed by the data, recognising the feelings of education leaders, and inspired.......more
EDUCATION IN FIJI BR. FERGUS GARRETT fms
Published by January 17, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
In the last few years there have many changes in our educational administration. Some would say we now have an Education Ministry of ?total control?. The owners of schools can do nothing except pay for new buildings. There has been a complete takeover and the owners have been slow to realize the creeping growth of the control and have.......more
Update of the Archdiocese of Suva's Response to OMRSS
Published by January 14, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
Dear beloved Fiji Catholics, Thank you for your support and prayers in our commitment to promoting and protecting the Catholic Character of our schools, in particular by having a Catholic Principal. I want to locate the current debate regarding Faith Based Schools and the Open Merit Recruiting Selection System in the context of the protecting and.......more
Lest We Forget!
Published by January 16, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
What to many may appear to be a tussle between Church and State on the recent statements made by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong on Catholic Education and the Open Merit System implemented by the Ministry of Education is cause for great interest and indeed serious reflection. The Archbishop's statements have even been labelled as......more
School Reopens for 2019
Published by January 14, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
SCHOOL REOPENS FOR 2019
We wish all our Head Teachers, Principals, Teachers and Students a blessed start to the 2019 Academic School Year......more
To Our Catholic Education Community
Published by January 12, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
The Faith Based School managers and I are currently engaged in a robust dialogue with Ministry of Education regarding OMRS We seek your prayers and support. 1. Fiji Council of Churches meeting - raised concern over appoint of school heads to faith based schools 2. Archbishop and a group of Faith based academics wrote a communication......more
Archbishop Letter to The Honorable Minister of Education...
Published by January 12, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com

Greetings from the Roman Catholic Church Fiji. Congratulations on your appointment as the Minister of Education and best wishes for the New Year. Honorable Minister, the Roman Catholic Church has passionately committed herself to the education of the Fijian people over the last 70 years. We own 19 secondary and 44 primary schools and provide......more

Requiem Mass for Dr. Frank Hilton OBE OF
Published by January 10, 2019
Director of Communications
John Pickering
communications@archdioceseofsuva.org
I Frank Hilton was farewelled today at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart today by priests, religious, dignitaries, friends, family and colleagues. A trail blazer in the area of Special Education in Fiji, Frank Hilton was born in England in 1920. He fought in the Second World War, later moving his young family to Australia where he taught in public schools .....more
Faith Based Schools Response to Open Merit....(OMRSS)
Published by January 9, 2019
Archbishop of Suva
Peter Loy Chong
pchong@archdioceseofsuva.com
I speak on behalf of the Faith Based Communities which includes the Fiji Council of Churches. In 2018, the FCC was concerned with the appointments of leadership in our schools and its consequences to the unique culture of the schools. I was tasked to write a paper that expresses our concern. Through the Director of Catholic Education.....more
 
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"The Open Merit Recruiting Selection Policy is supported by the World Bank." This was revealed by Jane Curran (OMRS consultant) and Alison Burchell (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education) in their meeting with Faith Based School representatives on 8th January, 2019. Economic Studies and research argue that The World Bank.......more

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