‘Exam, cramming oriented system’

Professor Steven Ratuva. Picture: FILE

FIJI’S education system creates “conditions for intellectual conformity and domestication rather than open, innovative and critical thinking”, says Fijian academic Professor Steven Ratuva.

He said there was a lot of evidence to support the importance of developing students who were innovative, creative and inventive.

“But unfortunately, Fiji’s education system tends to create conditions for intellectual conformity and domestication rather than open, innovative and critical thinking,” he said.

Prof Ratuva said many countries were moving towards greater innovative and creative engagement and problem solving.

He said Fiji had to move in that direction otherwise its education system, which is too exam and cramming oriented, would be left behind.

Prof Ratuva, who was recently awarded the 2019 University of Canterbury research medal, said modern education should be based on innovation, creativity and critical thinking to ensure that students were able to think independently and be able to solve problems.

“Unfortunately, Fiji’s education system is too narrowly focused on passing exams and this undermines independent and innovative thinking.”

Meanwhile, Education Minister Rosy Akbar refused to comment when approached to speak on the issue last week on Friday.

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