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School Takes Action On Smoking Students

The Methodist Church in Fiji-run Dudley High School has vowed to take action against students caught smoking in uniforms last week. This has been confirmed by school principal Napolioni Silatolu.
02 Jun 2015 13:31
School Takes Action On Smoking Students

The Methodist Church in Fiji-run Dudley High School has vowed to take action against students caught smoking in uniforms last week.

This has been confirmed by school principal Napolioni Silatolu.

“We will follow the standard procedure put in place by the Ministry of Education on the management of breach of school discipline,” he said.

The ministry’s policy on behavioural management in schools states that effective school discipline and behavioural management plans will include the use of appropriate consequences for breaches of the school’s code of conduct.

The following procedures could apply; detaining students after school or withdrawal of students from classrooms or suspension of a student from school.

Mr Silatolu said similar incidents happened in other schools as well and like any other school they would improve discipline.

Meanwhile, reiterating a message he gave earlier to the Methodist schools principals in April, general secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji Dr Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa said church President Reverend Dr Tevita Banivanua and himself were deeply concerned with reports and their own observations of what was happening in some of the Methodist schools.

“The condition of our schools’ infrastructure is a troubling reflection of what is going on inside our schools. The marks of our students in external examinations and their behaviour outside the school speak volumes for what they are learning inside, academically and morally,” Reverend Vakadewavosa said.

He said he wanted everyone to understand that he wasn’t playing the blame game.

“From what I see, our focus seems to have shifted away from providing quality academic learning and spiritual and moral formation in a holistic educational environment,” Reverend Vakadewavosa said.

“While sports are part of a holistic education, how many of our schools have made sporting achievements a priority at the cost of academic excellence and positive character building? I believe this is a valid question in the light of recent developments in our schooling community.”

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