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Don’t Cover up Cases of Sexual Harassment: Minister Akbar

Rosy Akbar says issues like sexual harassment between students or issues where teachers were involved should not be swept aside or covered up.
17 Jan 2020 12:01
Don’t Cover up Cases of Sexual Harassment: Minister Akbar
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar while addresses heads of schools at St Joseph’s Secondary School of schools from the Central Division ,after a meeting at the St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva on January 16, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar says issues like sexual harassment between students or issues where teachers were involved should not be swept aside or covered up.

She said there were procedures laid by the Ministry of Education, which should be followed.

In urging heads of schools not to sweep aside matters or hide them she said such incidents called for proper education.

In her meeting with heads of schools from the Central Division she reminded them to work together. Heads of primary and secondary schools from 119 schools gathered at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva.

Ms Akbar said she saw 2020 as the year for opportunity.

“This ministry is very different from other ministries. We all have to work together,” she said.

Ministry not in a mess

Ms Akbar said there were comments that the Ministry of Education was in a mess.

“The Ministry of Education is not in a mess. There are some issues which we all must acknowledge and that there are solutions for these issues if we are to work together,” she said.

Ms Akbar said issues like human resources and contracts were now being sorted out. She said e-contracts had been issued.

“Teachers must file their contracts in and with the ministry doing paperwork, pay for those teachers would resume in the next pay thereafter,” she said.

Priority

Ms Akbar was serious when talking to the heads of schools in regards to what their priority should be.

She said the children should always be number one. She said as heads of schools they must have a conducive learning environment.

She reminded schools that the government had given $2.7 million which would go towards schools. She said while fundraising was allowed, no parent should be forced to pay for levies.

“No child should also be turned away from being enrolled because of levies imposed by school management. This should be voluntary.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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