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Education Ministry Aware Of Alleged Rape Incident At A Remote Maritime High School, Issue Reported To Police

Heads of Schools and Teachers are empowered by the Ministry and mandated under the Child Protection Policy to take severe actions against such incidents.
20 Feb 2020 16:00
Education Ministry Aware Of Alleged Rape Incident At A Remote Maritime High School, Issue Reported To Police
Ministry of Education

The Ministry is aware and deeply saddened by the alleged rape incident case at the remote maritime high school.

The alleged incident was reported to the schools Child Protection Officer, who then addressed the matter to the school administration for further investigations.

The compiled reports by the school administration in relation to the alleged incident were handed over to the Police Officers at the Police Post at the maritime zone for further investigations.

The Ministry acted in accordance to the Child Protection Policy and is waiting for the Police Department to carry out their investigations. The case is now with the police and the social welfare department.

Heads of Schools and Teachers are empowered by the Ministry and mandated under the Child Protection Policy to take severe actions against such incidents.

Extract from the Child Protection Policy

All suspicions and allegations of Child abuse, child labour, trafficking, neglect and exploitation MUST be reported promptly to the CPO who shall investigate and direct all the findings to the school head who then shall inform the School Management and the CPO in the Education Offices within 2-3 days of the incident. The District or Divisional Education office shall be required to forward a copy to the HRM section of the MoEHA. Failure to report or misreporting with the intent of shielding an accused can result in disciplinary action instituted against the reporter as stipulated in the

Child Welfare Decree of 2010.

6.12.3.1 If the school head is not available, the case should be referred to the vice principal/assistant headteacher, whichever is applicable.

6.12.3.2 In the absence of the school heads and assistants, the next most senior officer should be the receiving officer

6.12.3.3 Where there is a complaint against an officer of MoEHA, school teacher, employee or volunteer, there may be two types of investigation:

6.12.3.3.1. Criminal in which case the police are immediately involved

6.12.3.3.2 Disciplinary or misconduct in which case the school will be involved.

The Ministry is urging all Heads of Schools and Child Protection Officers to ensure that the policy is upheld at all times for the safety and welfare of all our children in our schools.

The Ministry of Education will continue to work together with the Fiji Police Force and the Social Welfare department to strengthen and implement procedures in place.

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