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QVS Teachers Warned

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy has issued a strong warning to protesting teachers of Queen Victoria School (QVS). The QVS teachers are protesting the Ministry of Education’s decision to
10 Mar 2016 13:18
QVS Teachers Warned
Warned

The Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy has issued a strong warning to protesting teachers of Queen Victoria School (QVS).

The QVS teachers are protesting the Ministry of Education’s decision to deploy them to teach at other schools. The ministry made this decision when closing QVS after Tropical Cyclone Winston destroyed much of the school.

The protesting teachers wanted to meet with the Prime Minister about the matter, but the PM told the Fiji Sun yesterday that the Minister for Education was the right man for them to meet.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also told the Fiji Sun that he would not intervene as the Minister had made his decision.

“My concern is to see all students in schools affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston return to school.” The Prime Minister said this at Vunidawa Sanatan Primary School in Naitasiri yesterday.

The Prime Minister said he suspected there was a group supporting these teachers but the teachers should abide by the Minister’s decision.

“For those teachers at QVS, the Minister of Education had made a decision and they have to follow it,” he said.

The Minister for Education said he noted that the protesting group of QVS teachers also wanted classes to be conducted at the QVS.

However, Mr Reddy replied firstly, that QVS was in a bad shape.

He said laboratories had been damaged badly so science classes could not be conducted.

“It is a danger to students.”

Secondly, he stressed that teachers should never be allowed to dictate to the ministry about which schools should run and which should not.

He said it was the ministry that would decide where they should teach.

“For these teachers at QVS, for too long they had stayed in free accommodation and they need to move out of their comfort zones to see the rest of the world.”

He said if they did not report to their assigned schools, the ministry would discipline them.

 

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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