Khan: We would prefer persons of Islamic faith

Muslim League president Hafiz Khan said the organisation would prefer persons of the Islamic faith to lead their schools. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

FIJI Muslim League president Hafiz Khan said the organisation would prefer persons of the Islamic faith to lead their schools.

However, he also said they would accept whatever decision taken by the Ministry of Education in appointing heads of schools.

He made the comment in response to queries from this newspaper about the Ministry of Education’s policy of appointing heads of schools using the open merit recruitment and selection (OMRS) system.

Two of the country’s biggest religious organisations — the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma and the Catholic Church of Fiji — were of the view that the ministry should work in consultation with faith-based organisations before appointing suitable candidates to lead their schools. Mr Khan said all religious organisations who owned schools in the country were facing the same issue.

“We would prefer, obviously, to have our own faith but it is not necessary to make it all possible,” he said.

“Only the best qualified person gets it and that is what we are doing.

“I mean we always ask that one who is of our faith to be head of the school, but over the years we have settled for the best candidate the Government can identify at the moment.

“We have a number of schools that are headed by non-Islamic faith heads and as long as they are capable, qualified and are able to produce the results, we will settle with that.”

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