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School Heads Discriminate Students On Academic Performance?

Regardless of the background of each child, they still have the right to education and the ministry will be looking into this issue: Minister Akbar.
16 Nov 2019 14:03
School Heads Discriminate Students On Academic Performance?
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar (second from left) presenting the dux award to the two dux of Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary School in Lautoka Adi Kuila Sova (second from right) and Mohammad Nadeem (first from left) and father of Adi Kuila Sova at the school’s annual awards day on November 14, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

No teacher is allowed to discriminate against any child and deny the child the right to education.

This was the strong message by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy during the annual awards day and 50th-anniversary celebration of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Primary School in Lautoka on Thursday.

Ms Akbar said the Government believed in education for all.

“All school heads and schools across the country must be sensitive towards the sentiments of our children and be respectful towards efforts of parents enrolling their children,” she said.

“School heads can put themselves in the shoes of these parents, imagining your child going through such humiliations when a decision not to enroll a child who  is simply not good academically.”

She said regardless of the background of each child, they still had the right to education and the ministry would be looking into this issue.

“Every child is special, every child deserves to be in a classroom and every child deserves to be treated the same as any other child regardless of their academic performance, regardless of where he or she comes from, rich or poor, it doesn’t matter,” said Ms Akbar.

“We will be sure to rectify these problems and ensure that every child who is supposed to be in the classroom is enrolled in the nearest secondary school.”

Ms Akbar congratulated the more than 60 awardees of the school and also opened the newly built $1.3 million Early Childhood Education Kindergarten as part of the school’s 50th anniversary commemoration.

The school’s headteacher, Muburak Inayat Shah said he was proud of the multiracial school he managed.

The school roll is 386 while 319 were iTaukei students, 62 students were Indo-Fijian while five students belonged to other racial-ethnic or mixed ethnic groups.

Edited by Percy Kean

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