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Our Schools Are Not Drug Rehab Centres, says Reddy

  Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy has stressed that schools are not centres to rehabilitate students caught with drugs. He said this after a student from a
11 Mar 2017 11:52
Our Schools Are Not Drug Rehab Centres, says Reddy

 

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy has stressed that schools are not centres to rehabilitate students caught with drugs.

He said this after a student from a Year 13 student of Labasa Sangam (SKM) College was allegedly found with dried leaves

“We counsel students from Week One that these things such as the use of drugs won’t be tolerated in our schools.

“If they are caught, they will have to leave the institution.

“Contrary to some who say we should rehabilitate the child, I agree, but our schools are not rehabilitation centres.

“They are centres of teaching and learning.

“It is too dangerous and risky to allow continued mingling around of children with drugs into our schools system,” he said.

“Our children and teachers needs to be protected at all times,” he said.

The minister had a meeting with the staff of the school this week.

“We have a zero tolerance policy,” Mr Reddy said.

“I have met the staff this week to motivate and encourage them to keep up their hard work.

“I did tell them that we are here to protect them and to ensure that they can carry out their work without having to worry about any security issues.

“I also told them that students are also well-protected and any cases of indiscipline, we will immediately deal with it.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that on Monday afternoon the 18-year-old student was seen by some students in the school company allegedly in possession of some dried leaves and they reported the matter to the school principal.

“He was searched by Police and dried leaves believed to be marijuana were found in his possession.

“The dried leaves are being analysed as investigations continues,” Ms Naisoro said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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