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Unions Support Spitter Sacking

The Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) general secretary Agni Deo Singh yesterday expressed his utmost disgust after learning that a teacher at Ratu Latianara College in Serua had spat at a
09 Oct 2014 01:21
Unions Support Spitter Sacking
Education in Fiji

The Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) general secretary Agni Deo Singh yesterday expressed his utmost disgust after learning that a teacher at Ratu Latianara College in Serua had spat at a student.

“This is such an unacceptable behaviour,” Mr Singh said.

“We do not condone such unprofessional behaviour of teachers.”

Mr Singh was reacting to a report from the Department of Information concerning the said teacher. The Ministry of Education has dismissed the teacher.

“While FTU protects teachers from unfair treatment, we do not condone such behaviour,” he said.

“Teachers behaving in such a manner for example in this case should face the full brunt of the punishment. Such behaviours are against the teacher’s code of ethics and this is something that teachers are aware of.

“As the teachers’ union, we go through professional development programmes in all the workshops we have with the teachers and such behaviours are not condoned.”

The Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) general secretary Maika Namudu said: “In cases like that the proper investigation procedure should be followed, both teacher and student involved are to be questioned. The information should then be collected from the head teacher of the school and not other sources.”

The Minister for Education, Dr Mahendra Reddy, described the incident as unacceptable and a violation of the right of all students to be treated with respect.

“We look to our teachers to be role models for good behaviour and in this instance, the teacher involved failed to meet the required standard. Following consultations with the Minister for the Public Service, I have terminated this individual’s employment,” Dr Reddy said.

He said all teachers in Fiji must uphold the highest standards of personal behaviour.

“However challenging a classroom environment may be at times, Dr Reddy said there was no excuse for teachers to breach the values of the civil service and normal standards of behaviour.

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