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Education Minister Pleased Queen Victoria School Parents, Guardians, Teachers Meet Over Student Issues

Rosy Akbar says she is pleased to see Queen Victoria School parents and guardians meeting with stakeholders to highlight student issues. The Minister for Education was responding to a Fiji
11 Mar 2020 11:25
Education Minister Pleased Queen Victoria School Parents, Guardians, Teachers Meet Over Student Issues
Parents and guardians after a church service at Queen Victoria School on March 8, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

Rosy Akbar says she is pleased to see Queen Victoria School parents and guardians meeting with stakeholders to highlight student issues.

The Minister for Education was responding to a Fiji Sun article about the meeting at the school in Matavatucou in Tailevu last Sunday.

Parents and guardians had raised concerns about the safety and security of the children.

Ms Akbar said she was alarmed to hear about an alleged rape incident in January.

The meeting was told that a senior student had allegedly raped a Year Nine student. The alleged offender was expelled and the matter was referred to Police.

Ms Akbar said violent incidents at schools were not new – issues like rape, bullying and other offences.

She said they needed to work together with parents to address these issues.

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

He said eight students who broke into the Vice-Principal’s office earlier in the year had been dealt with by the school and relevant authorities.

There were also cases of Year Nine students being ordered to perform extra duties for senior students.

Ms Akbar said: “Violence is a learned behaviour and schools do not teach it.”

She said incidents like rape, harassment, bullying and other sexual offences took place when children entered schools with indecent attitudes and hurt innocent lives.

She said these matters were reported to Police.

But parents needed to teach discipline and manners to their children from a very young age.

“Parents and teachers meeting, help them work together to avoid offences by the students and it will also help them to groom new generations of people to become more disciplined,” she said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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