Fiji needs quality graduates to labour market expectations: Akbar

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FIJI needs quality graduates that meet the expectations of the labour market, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar.

She highlighted this while addressing the 500 graduates from the Technical College of Fiji’s Tailevu, Nausori, Nabua, Suva, Navua and Lakeba campuses during their graduation ceremony held at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.

Ms Akbar said Fiji also needed qualifications that were to be trusted and respected by other countries for labour mobility.

“For Fiji to grapple effectively with the current and emerging realities of the 21st century and to ensure that our graduates have the necessary 21st century skills for international benchmarking,” she said.

She reiterated that Fiji would need to increase its output within the education sector to produce human resources of high quality for employment and for contribution to the international knowledge economy.

She said out of the total number of graduates, 65 per cent had already secured employment after their work placement.

Ms Akbar congratulated the graduates and also wished them well for the future.

“I congratulate you and wish you the very best for the future. Hours and days of perseverance, commitment, sacrifice and sleepless nights have finally borne fruit for you,” she said.

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