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Ministry To Probe Alleged Assault On Teacher

Any parent assaulting a teacher is “unacceptable”, says the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy. He was reacting to an alleged incident last Tuesday where a teacher at Ratu Kadavulevu School
14 Aug 2016 11:09
Ministry To Probe Alleged Assault On Teacher

Any parent assaulting a teacher is “unacceptable”, says the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy.

He was reacting to an alleged incident last Tuesday where a teacher at Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) was assaulted by a parent during the school’s parents and teacher interview.

Although he was not initially aware of the alleged incident, he has assured that the matter would be investigated.

“I will look into this matter,” he said.

“Parents should not get emotional and take matters into their own hands. There are policies within the ministry to protect our own children.”

The teacher was admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva after the alleged assault. It is alleged that the teacher had confiscated a mobile phone from a student.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Luke Navela said: “We are advising parents not to take the law in their own hands.

“Schools have their own rules and regulations and if gadgets like mobile phones are not allowed in schools, students should not take those gadgets to schools.

“We had received the complaint from the school on the day of the incident. We have questioned and released the parent and waiting for the teacher to recover.

In a separate incident, the Ministry of Education is investigating a head teacher from a prominent school in the Central Division.

It is alleged the head teacher had indecently assaulted a 13-year-old student two weeks ago.

Mr Reddy confirmed that the head teacher had been transferred to another school in the Central Division while the student remains in the same school.

Fiji Sun could not establish if the case is with Police.

He said there were procedures to follow while their investigations continue.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

 

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