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Teachers Seek Policy Measure

Teachers attending the Fijian Teachers Association annual general meeting have called for a policy that will protect them from students in their line of work. The call was made after
01 May 2015 09:52
Teachers Seek Policy Measure

Teachers attending the Fijian Teachers Association annual general meeting have called for a policy that will protect them from students in their line of work.

The call was made after teachers revealed instances where they were verbally and physically harassed, with some saying there was a need for a teacher protection policy.

Association executives said there was a need for discussion on the issue because while teachers were being harassed on the one hand, the No Corporal Punishment policy meant that some colleagues were suspended or had their contracts terminated for punishing students.

One such case highlighted was when a teacher was teaching and a student threw a bun soaked in tea, but the teacher was powerless to do anything because of the “No Corporal Punishment” policy.

The Fijian Teachers Association formulated a Teacher Protection Policy last year after reports of flagging morale.

Fijian Teachers Association General Secretary Mikaele Leawere, who has resigned from the post to take up his new role as a parliamentarian, said the policy was forwarded to Suva law firm Toganivalu and Valenitabua.

“In the meantime there is no redress, but we urge that the policy we requested last year be taken seriously by the Ministry of Education,” Mr Leawere said.

The Fiji Sun was unable to get comments from the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, before this edition went to press last night.

luisa.qiolevu@fijisun.com.fj

 




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