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Police Probe Students’ ‘Beating’

Two students in Vanuabalavu, Lau, were examined by a doctor after they were allegedly beaten by a teacher using a plastic hosepipe. The students attend Susui Primary School. A report
10 Jul 2015 12:15
Police Probe Students’ ‘Beating’

Two students in Vanuabalavu, Lau, were examined by a doctor after they were allegedly beaten by a teacher using a plastic hosepipe.

The students attend Susui Primary School.

A report filed at Lomaloma Police Station claimed the school teacher allegedly hit one student on the head for having no handkerchief.

Then he hit the second student on the buttocks with the same hosepipe because the student did not complete his homework.

Lomaloma Police Station yesterday confirmed it had received a complaint.

Lomaloma Hospital also confirmed the students were examined, treated and sent home.

The school could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts, Kelera Taloga, said she had not received any report on the alleged incident.

“I’m going to instruct the education officer eastern to look into the matter,” she said.

Mrs Taloga reminded teachers of the ministry’s zero tolerance on corporal punishment.

The ministry, she said, had already issued a stern warning to teachers that corporal punishment was not allowed and would not be tolerated.

“It is sad it is still happening,” she said. In most cases, she added, it happened through the teacher’s frustration. The ministry, she added, had a child protection policy, which ensured that the well-being, safety, respect and dignity of children were respected.”

Teachers, she said, should read this policy and take heed.

Some teachers, she said, had been sacked for using corporal punishment.

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