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Education Ministry Probes Assault Claim

Assistant Minister for Education Joseph Nand met with the school head yesterday. He said he would be meeting the parents of the child today.
19 Jan 2020 14:14
Education Ministry Probes Assault Claim
Assistant Education Minister Joseph Nand outside Parliament on November 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Ministry of Education is investigating a parent’s claim that her seven-year-old daughter was assaulted by an older student in a Sigatoka school.

Assistant Minister for Education Joseph Nand met with the school head yesterday. He said he would be meeting the parents of the child today.

He said the allegations were serious.

The parent alleged her Year Two daughter was hit with a stick and slapped by a Year Five student on Friday.

The parent also alleged that the school did not deal with the matter appropriately when the complaint was lodged with the school.

She said her daughter was playing with the other students at the school ground when the incident occurred.

She said the Year Five student told her not to play and this was followed by the alleged assault.

“The Year Five student hit my daughter’s back with a stick, slapped her face and twisted her ears,” she said.

“I called the headteacher and took her to the school to discuss the matter. When I reached the school, the headteacher was not there so I took my daughter to his house.

“After seeing my daughter, the headteacher said my daughter was very naughty and was not performing well in her studies.”

She said the reason she went to school was to discuss the incident not her daughter’s academic performance.

“If my daughter is not performing well in her studies the headteacher should have called and told me,” she said.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar had issued a stern reminder to heads of schools in Suva on Monday. She said cases of harassment and assault among students should not be covered up.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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