Teacher Shows Courage After ‘Assault’

“Being beaten by a student made me stronger; they are just kids.
11 Mar 2022 10:53
Teacher Shows Courage After ‘Assault’
Suva Special School teacher, Sanjivni Narayan, restrains a student on March 10, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Sanjivni Narayan’s ability to remain fearless despite being an alleged victim of alleged assault by an aggressive student is a remarkable story.

The 23-year-old teacher at the Suva Special School was not deterred as she summoned her ability to problem-solve and deal with tough times encountered during her career.

Despite the alleged assault by an aggressive student during her first year, Ms Narayan said she wanted to help people develop a strong sense of self-worth.

“My first year at this school was challenging,” she said.

“Being beaten by a student made me stronger; they are just kids.

“I never felt I wanted to give up, not even a second thought. This school is a normal school for me.

“I am not planning to leave this school until I get transferred by the ministry.”

Ms Narayan made the student sit on her lap and treated him like her own child. She believed teachers needed to share a bond of friendship with students.

She ran after the student in the school’s playground under the scorching sun to make sure he was brought back to a safe place.

When asked how she remained patient with them, Ms Narayan said the key to patience was keeping personal problems away from children.

“You have to treat them like a normal child although they do not respond, but they explain in their own ways,” she said.

“Being patient with students is important to make them feel we are their friends.”

It was her love for children that encouraged Ms Narayan to go after a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE); however, she had to settle for an alternative option.

“I have obtained a Diploma in ECE (early childhood education), but due to lack of job opportunities in that field, I learnt sign language and got a job at this school.

“Although I wanted to be an ECE teacher, I did not regret a single day at work.

“This is my personality; I love children.”

The Nakasi teacher is now studying special inclusive education.

The school also received a computer and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) by the Ministry of Education yesterday.

Head Teacher Narend Prasad said they had a total of 98 students and the donation would enhance the process of learning and teaching at school.

Need for enough teachers

Minister for Education Premila Kumar said she understood the number of teachers at the school was not sufficient.

“Additional hands are needed to help assist extreme disabilities so we will be having our discussion with the school management committee and also the teachers to try and work out what can be done.”



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