Name of Policy: POLICY IN
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SCHOOLS
People involved in the formulation of the policy: Senior Education Officer, Head Teacher and Teachers
Processed followed in developing that policy :2.1 The Ministry of Education is totally committed to ensuring that all its offices and all
schools are maintained as safe and healthy workplace and environments for its
employees, school children, customers and visitors.
2.2 The Ministry will ensure that the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act
(1996) and the Regulations are complied with. In this respect, it will also involve
employees in the development and promotion of health and safety programmes and
The school management is responsible for the conduct of health and safety training for
all persons working in the school, including students so as to perform their task safety
and without risks to their health, the health and safety of any other worker or workers
in the school or any other persons visiting.
One of the policy says all the employees to be treated fairly and with respect.
The people involved were ministry officials and human rights officers and head of schools
There were consultation between various head of schools with the officials and other ministers before finalizing the documents.
1.Policy - National Curriculum Framework
2.The Ministry Of Education, Heritage and Arts in Fiji
3.Policy - making process
-The process often begins with the identification of the need for curriculum reform or the introduction of a new educational policy. This can be promoted by changes in societal needs, advancements in educational research or international best practices.
b.Research and consultation
-The MoE conducts research to gather data on current educational trends best practices and the needs of the Fijian education system. This stage may involve consultants with educators, parents and other stakeholders.
-A committee or task force consisting of education experts curriculum specialists, representatives from schools and other relevant stakeholders is formed. This committee plays a crucial role in drafting and refining the curriculum framework.
d.Drafting the policy
-The committee works on drafting the national curriculum framework based on the research findings and consultants. This includes setting learning outcomes curriculum structure and guidelines for assessment.
-The draft policy is circulated for feedback from various stakeholders, including educators, parents, school administrators and community members. This feedback is considered and may lead to further revision.
-The finalized National curriculum framework is submitted for approval. The approval process involves relevant government authorities, educational boards and may require endorsement from higher level government officials or ministries.
-Once approved, an implementation plan is developed.This includes timelines,resource allocation, teacher training programs and communication strategies to ensure a smooth transition to the new curriculum.
h. Training and capacity building
-Training programs are conducted for teachers and educational leaders to familiarize them with the new curriculum. This stage is crucial for the successful implementation of the policy.
For the case of our institution, the policy is usually formulated by the process owners. In this case, the heads of various departments.
I our case, the Heads of departments, identifies gaps and suggests the corrections in the form of guidelines and procedures.
The process of policy development entails:
- Identifying the problem
- Place the problem as an agenda which will undergo some analysis to come up with specific key problems among many.
- Then followed by advocacy of the policy.
- Policy formulation
- Policy implementation.
- Policy evaluation
@Nasiga, this explanation is quite good.
As an Institution, a problem was identified during the COVID-19 pandemic, that schools were all closed and learning couldn’t take place. After this, it was opted that learning can be done virtually. Hence, an Institutional ODFL policy was developed.
- Institutional Management (Board of Management, college Administration)
- ODFL Institutional steering committee
- ICT technicians
- Problem Identification
- Identification of available resources (Human, physical infrastructure)
- Appointment of ODFL steering committee
- Appointed of the policy Chairperson
- Brainstorming session to gather what is involved or required in the policy
- Draft policy development
- Submission to the management
- Presentation to the Board of Management
- Corrections made
- Validation by the Board of Management
- Published the Final policy
This is how the process should but at times, short cuts are made
True, The process owners are the one who carry the bigger burden by ensuring they have all it takes in the policy. The Management actually comes in later at the tail end.
HOD ICT, Deputy Principal Academics, Finance Officer, HR, Quality Assurance and Standards coordinator.
Identifying of needs, bringing together the stakeholders for input and feedback to ensure diverse perceptive,
Drafting the policy
Review the draft