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Parents, Guardians Raise Concerns About Students’ Safety and Security At Queen Victoria School

The meeting was organised after a senior student allegedly raped a Year 9 student on January 26 this year. The student was expelled.
09 Mar 2020 09:34
Parents, Guardians Raise Concerns About Students’ Safety and Security At Queen Victoria School
Parents and guardians after a church service at Queen Victoria School on March 8, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

Parents and guardians of Queen Victoria School have raised concerns on the safety and security of their children.

They made their views known during a  meeting with the new principal, Sakiusa Taginasedrau, at the school at Matavatucou, Tailevu yesterday after a church service.

The meeting was organised after a senior student allegedly raped a Year 9 student on January 26 this year. The student was expelled.

According to a Police Report, the matter came to light when the victim contacted the Child Helpline last month and was referred to the Korovou Police Station for investigation.

Mr Taginasedrau said apart from the case of the alleged rape, there were several other issues that the school had been dealing with since the beginning of the school year.

“There were eight students who broke into the Vice-Principal’s office earlier this year and have been dealt with by the school and relevant authorities,” Mr Taginasedrau said.

“There have also been cases whereby Year 9 students were ordered to perform extra duties for senior students.”

Parents and guardians were alarmed at the issues raised by the principal.

A parent, who came all the way from Ovalau, suggested that the Year 9 students should be shifted to a separate dormitory with teachers supervision.

Mr Taginasedrau said teachers had kept a close watch on students at night until 12 am. But he said they could suffer from exhaustion with insufficient sleep and rest. He said they had classes to teach in the morning.

“We must remember that teachers also need to have their rest for their classes early in the morning,” he said.

He said for their sake, the school had written to the ministry requesting for two security officers to help with night watch.

“We have also requested for professional counsellors, the assistance of religious organisations and social welfare advisers to help in the development of the students here,” he said.

He linked many of the problems to what students saw on the internet.

He called on parents and guardians to closely monitor irresponsible internet usage at home.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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