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Don’t Tell Students To Find Another School, Minister Akbar Tells School Heads

“Some communities have told me that their assistant principal or vice principal tells them to find another school,” Ms Akbar said.
08 Feb 2020 11:02
Don’t Tell Students To Find Another School, Minister Akbar Tells School Heads

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar has advised heads of schools in Cakaudrove Province not to tell students to find another school.

During their meeting at the Salvation Army Church hall in Savusavu on Wednesday, she told head and assistant head teachers of this new policy coined by some in 2019.

“Some communities have told me that their assistant principal or vice principal tells them to find another school,” Ms Akbar said.

“I am telling you, none of that. Don’t be that kind of school head, find a solution.

“Talk to the child, parents and help them.”

Countering discipline issues

“I can understand your frustration because this generation is different,” Minister Akbar said.

“If you need help, talk to us or talk to the seniors who have been in the system.

I am sure they will help you.”

Developments highlighted by Ms Akbar include:

  • The engaging of 30 councillors this year;
  • The Ministry of Education has the highest number of civil servants with 13,727 teachers employed; and
  • This year the students enrolment stands at 148,048 for primary schools, 66,127secondary schools, 3287vocational, 38 tertiary, and early childhood education students 19,109

Ms Akbar said: “I have been told that some heads bully their teachers and warn them saying they will not assist them to get transfer or get transfer somewhere else.

“Work with teachers and management to form a good bonding.

“Some schools have existing cultures which you need to respect.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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