Caption: Acting Australian High Commissioner His Excellency Glenn Miles hands over servers to Deputy Permanent Secretary Education, Mrs Kelera Taloga.
The Ministry of Education received a boost to its Information Technology unit today when the Australian Government donated four new servers.
This assistance was provided from the Australian Government’s Access to Quality Education Program or AQEP.
Officially handing over the 4 state of the art IT servers to the ministry’s Fiji Education Management Information System (or FEMIS) was the Acting Head of Mission at the Australian High Commission, Mr Glenn Miles.
At the event, Miles reiterated the continuous support of the AQEP to the ministry and the significance of this assistance to Fiji’s education system.
“Over August and September this year, the AQEP assisted the Ministry of Education’s Information Technology Unit to train around 350 schools in the use of FEMIS”.
“What is even more impressive is the kind of information available through FEMIS, which includes up-to-date information on more than 10,000 Ministry of Education staff, 100,000 Literacy and Numeracy Assessment results per year, and infrastructure and financial information on 900 schools.
Accepting the servers was the Ministry of Education deputy permanent secretary Mrs Kelera Taloga who extended deep appreciation to the Australian government for the donation.
“This indeed is a significant development for the Ministry and the FEMIS, (Fiji Education Management Information System), a web application which integrates Ministry of Education information on schools, students and staff into one stop shop.
“AQEP has supported the Ministry of Education’s priority of developing an Education Management Information System since 2012. This year, AQEP has greatly assisted our Information Technology Unit in training 350 schools in the use of FEMIS”.
“Your donation of four servers will support this large data and web activity,” Mrs Taloga said.
Of the four servers, two servers will function as web and database servers with the other two serving a backup function for the primary machines.
With these new servers supporting FEMIS, schools will now have immediate on-line access to information on staff, students, infrastructure, finances and examination results.