Stu­dents, par­ents take the pledge

To be re­peated by stu­dents ev­ery day at their schools and would be­come an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of their life

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy yes­ter­day launched a stu­dents and par­ents pledge at Narere Pri­mary School. The pledge is be­ing in­tro­duced na­tion­ally for stu­dents and par­ents to help bet­ter school life for the stu­dents. Pictured: Narere Pri­mary School stu­dents af­ter recit­ing the first ever stu­dents and par­ents pledge yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy yes­ter­day launched the stu­dents and par­ents pledge at Narere Pri­mary School in Narere. He said the stu­dents pledge would be re­peated by them ev­ery day at their schools and would be­come an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of their life. In an in­ter­view af­ter the launch Mr Reddy said that it would be com­pul­sory for all teach­ers in schools around Fiji to re­peat to stu­dents their pledge. He said the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion would print 220,000 copies of pledges and would dis­trib­ute to all pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Reddy the stu­dents pledge will as­sist the chil­dren to see where they are head­ing to, are they in the right di­rec­tion, what changes must they bring in to reach the end goals and what are their needs to reach that goal.

“The trend of th­ese chil­dren’s in­volve­ment in risky be­hav­ior has to be halted,” he said. Th­ese chil­dren were in­volv­ing them­selves in harm­ful ac­tions like fail­ing to at­tend school reg­u­larly, late ar­rival to school and classes, tru­ancy, dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour in class, bul­ly­ing, con­sump­tion of al­co­hol, kava, to­bacco, drug, en­gag­ing in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties, teenage preg­nan­cies, show­ing dis­re­spect to par­ents, teach­ers, el­ders and van­dal­ism. The stu­dent’s pledge in­clude mak­ing a com­mit­ment to re­spect, care for par­ents, teacher, friends and el­ders, stay­ing healthy through ex­er­cise and be­liev­ing in them­selves through faith in God. Par­ents pledge in­cludes be­ing a friend and spend­ing qual­ity time with their chil­dren, mak­ing sure their child gets to school daily and re­spect­ing school rules and keep­ing the child away from im­moral be­hav­iour and harm­ful drugs.

220,000 copies of pledges will be printed and dis­trib­uted to all pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents

Photo: Ron­ald Kumar

Narere Pri­mary School stu­dents (from left) Shruti Kumar, Leba Seru, Dor­ris Vu­nisa and Fran­cis Muavesi while recit­ing their stu­dents and par­ents pledge yes­ter­day.

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