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School Students Urged to Embrace Crime Stoppers Programme

A school is not a place of fear. Instead it is a learning insti­tution, meant to be safe, says Northern Division Police Commander Senior Superintendent (SSP) Eparama Waqa. During the
23 May 2018 11:00
School Students Urged to Embrace Crime Stoppers Programme
Northern Division Police Commander Senior Superintendent of Police Eparama Waqa (middle) with Scholastic Crime Stoppers board members and committee during the launching at Holy Family Secondary School in Labasa on May 22, 2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

A school is not a place of fear. Instead it is a learning insti­tution, meant to be safe, says Northern Division Police Commander Senior Superintendent (SSP) Eparama Waqa.

During the launching of the scholas­tic crime stoppers programme at Holy Family Secondary School in Labasa yesterday, SSP Waqa said the vision of the programme was to create a safer and crime free learning environment in schools.

“Forty students in this school have been chosen as board members to take up roles and the responsibility to em­brace this programme, which reflects on how to handle discipline among stu­dents in school,” SSP Waqa said.

“The programme is divided into three phases whereby the first phase is the awareness conducted to all teachers and students.

“The second phase is a workshop con­ducted to students selected by the prin­cipal to undertake this programme in school.

“And third phase is the official launch­ing of the programme which we just witnessed.”

He said the Ministry of Education had approved that the programme be implemented in the 122 secondary schools throughout the country.

“In the Northern Division there are 37 schools that completed first and sec­ond phase and out of this 11 schools have had their launching done.

“The remaining schools by the end of this year will be part of the launch­ing.”

He said the aim of the programme was to promote safe and sound living in schools, instill and assist in disci­pline amongst students, sensitise and support students to become law-abid­ing citizens and to assist in orienting students to respect the rights of others.

Holy Family Secondary School head­boy Gordon Leewai (son of Dreketi Football Association coach Johan Lee­wai) was inducted as a board member. He said he would work together with the other members to see his school become the number one crime free school in the North.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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