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Call For Joint Action: Students Tearing Books, Polluting River

The Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Joshua Wycliffe said he was made aware of the incident and had spoken to the chief executive officer of the Nadi Town Council.
09 Dec 2020 10:43
Call For Joint Action: Students Tearing Books, Polluting River
Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary, Joshua Wycliffe.(left) and Permanent Secretary for Education Anjeela Jokhan.(Right)

A video on social media showing Ratu Navula College students tearing up books and throwing them in the Nadi River is prompting calls for co-ordinated action.

The video on Facebook titled: Suka na Vuli (school is over) was posted four days ago. It has gained a lot of traction with 106 comments, 92 reactions, more than 400 shares and 500,000 views as of yesterday afternoon.

The Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Joshua Wycliffe said he was made aware of the incident and had spoken to the chief executive officer of the Nadi Town Council.

“It will be a co-ordinated approach between us the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education and the Nadi Town Council,” Mr Wycliffe said.

“We will have a co-ordinated effort on perhaps having a counselling session with the children,” he said.

“We do not intend to charge anyone at this stage but we will ensure that the children are brought in to have a proper counselling session.

“We are trying to get the psychology of the actions and we are trying to get a holistic approach in solving this issue.”

Permanent Secretary for Education Anjeela Jokhan said: “Students should really think about the actions the students take and even if it means to be respectful and appreciating the things their parents provide to them.

“Parents are working very hard to provide for their children.

“We cannot supervise the kids all the time as they are adults and they should also take responsibilities as well.”

Ratu Navula College principal, Setareki Merekula said they had identified the students and were waiting for the Ministry of Education on next approach.

“The incident happened last week,” he said.

“Just this morning I got a phone call from the Ministry of Education Divisional Officer, Joseva Gavidi on this matter.”

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