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Shereen’s death

Written By : Sera Bogitini Labasa Women’s Crisis Centre. I was deeply concerned to read in your newspaper (FS4/6) of an emotional statement by the grieving father of Shereen Khan
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Sera Bogitini Labasa Women’s Crisis Centre. I was deeply concerned to read in your newspaper (FS4/6) of an emotional statement by the grieving father of Shereen Khan who said teachers should not have shamed his daughter in front of her class.
This has been an ongoing problem particularly in Labasa.
Students and some parents have brought their grievances to this centre against teachers ridiculing and shaming students in front of their classes for non-payment of school fees, for speaking to a student of the opposite sex, for picking a subject that the teacher saw as unsuitable because of one’s gender and for having difficulties in grasping concepts.
Teachers should apply tact and great care in their handling of students who are going through developmental changes in their lives which can make them feel highly sensitive to negative criticisms but can respond positively to constructive chastening.
I do not believe that shaming students is recommended by the education ministry. Due to the seriousness of the matter, I am calling on the ministry to do something about teachers who use the tactics of shaming students in front of others, for their own sinister agendas.




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