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Review for expel law

Teachers strongly feel expulsion law for our schools should stay By MAIKELI SERU A month after the Ministry of Education had put a stop to expelling students it now plans
06 Oct 2012 10:04

Teachers strongly feel expulsion law for our schools should stay

Permanent Secretary for Education Dr Brij Lal.

By MAIKELI SERU

A month after the Ministry of Education had put a stop to expelling students it now plans to review that policy.
The Permanent Secretary for Education, Dr Brij Lal, yesterday briefly confirmed to Fiji Sun that they would review the policy following the punch-up in Suva City trouble between students of Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) and Suva Grammar School (SGS).
The Ministry was against expelling students because they wanted to ensure that all students reached Form Seven level.
MBHS student, Varasiko Savirio, 18, in the presence of his parents and school principal, was granted bail on Thursday by the Suva Magistrates Court after he was charged with two counts of assault – each on separate occasions by two complainants – students of SGS.
Yesterday, four MBHS students appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court after they allegedly assaulted a SGS student at his home in Tacirua, Suva, on Tuesday.
Dr Lal said the decision to remove students involved in school brawls and place them in other schools would be the decision of the schools concerned and not the Ministry.
Meanwhile, The Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) is calling for the retention of expulsion in school as an act of disciplinary action.
Its general secretary, Agni Deo Singh, last night agreed with the review saying expulsion from school should remain, but as a last resort to discipline those committing serious offences.
“Yes, I agree with the review because we had always said that expelling students from school as a form of discipline would be a deterrent for students to get into gross misbehaviour,” Mr Singh said.
Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) general secretary Maika Namudu seconded Mr Singh’s views about retaining the expulsion policy in school.
“Expulsion should be the last thing. There are steps to take and help the student and it is also good to transfer the student to another school because new environment and new school culture will help the students to change,” Mr Namudu said.
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua, while officiating in the World Teachers’ Day celebration at Bishop Kempthon Primary School at Nasinu yesterday, warned students to refrain from involving in lawbreaking in schools.




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