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School Substance Abuse Highlighted

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy says 1796 substance abuse offences were committed by secondary and primary school students last year. He revealed this while launching Pillar 4 of the Education
02 Feb 2016 11:35
School Substance Abuse Highlighted

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy says 1796 substance abuse offences were committed by secondary and primary school students last year.

He revealed this while launching Pillar 4 of the Education Reforms on Parental Engagement at Rishikul College in Valelevu last night.

The statistics was from the National Substance Abuse and Advisory Council Report where 300 primary and 100 secondary schools submitted their evaluation forms.

Mr Reddy said the report also highlighted the alarming rate of absenteeism in our schools that from the 200,000 student population, an average of five per cent was is absent daily which was equivalent to 10,000 students being absent on a single day.

The Minister during the launch spoke at length on the importance of parental participation in the education of children which was what Pillar 4 was all about.

“Fiji cannot succeed unless our students take responsibility for their own education. That means showing up for classes on time, paying attention in class and staying out of trouble,”Mr Reddy said.

“These are things only a parent can do; these are things our parents must do.”

He said no Government policy would make a difference unless people held themselves accountable as parents.

Mr Reddy said parents needed to take ownership of their children’s education and ensured they got all the attention they needed to excel.

“This Pillar 4 on Parental Engagement will prepare and empower our young people to reach their full potential as productive members of our society.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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