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Students Indiscipline A Concern, Teachers Need Help, says A-G

Students Indiscipline A Concern, Teachers Need Help, says A-G
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa outside Parliament on April 18, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 20
10:25 2018

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says school children’s indiscipline is a concern and teachers could not handle this issue alone.

Responding to Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa’s question, Mr Sayed-Khai­yum reiterated that discipline problems could also arise due to the environment that students operate or study in and their home situations.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Ministry for Education was considering the develop­ment of a behaviour management policy because it was important to continue and develop the understanding and implemen­tation of positive discipline as opposed to negative discipline.

He said Fiji lacked professional student counselors.

“I acknowledge the work of many teachers in Fiji who have taken on the responsibil­ity of counseling even though they are not trained professionally,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the ministry was struggling to pro­vide professional counsellors.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum further stated that dis­cipline was also in the hands of parents.

“I have personally seen many times where the children come home in the evenings, the parents are there or disappear as they may go to nightclubs or maybe sitting and drinking grog with their friends and the children are actually neglected,” he said.

“What are we doing as parents and as a community?

“I think there’s a tendency of the parents simply dumping in some instances their children with the teachers and expect them to turn them out into wonderful adults.”

He added that the community needed to work together and tackle the issue because teachers could not handle this alone.

Edited by Percy Kean

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