Uphold Trust, Teachers Told
Minister for Education Reddy reacts to inappropriate pictures allegedly posted by teacher on social media
Teachers can’t afford to lose the trust and respect bestowed upon them by their students, says Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy. He made these comments after a school teacher allegedly posted semi-nude pictures of herself on social media. Mr Reddy refused to disclose more detailed information on the issue as investigations continue.
“A teacher is a teacher whether it is in the school compound or outside the school compound,” he said. “We expect teachers to behave in a manner which upholds the integrity of a teacher being a guardian or second parent of the child.
“Students get to trust and confide in a teacher but when they see teachers in a different manner; because of the teacher’s conduct, they will start losing the trust and confidence in the teacher,” he said. Mr Reddy said teachers were expected to behave in a manner which was professional all the time.
“Similarly a church priest can’t argue that
when he is outside the church he can behave as he likes and not behave like a priest; drinking and behaving in a manner which is not acceptable to society because society looks up to religious priests and teachers. “No matter where they are, society expects a high level of behaviour from priests and teachers. “We expect our teachers to behave professionally all the time no matter where they are because they are seen as second parents to children providing a home away from home and we cannot afford to lose that trust and confidence,” he said.
Facebook comment a concern to the general public
Police are investigating a serious comment recently posted on Facebook about a man “wanting to rape a minor”, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. “The nature of the posted comment raises serious concerns,” he said Mr Qiliho’s comment follows a Facebook post whereby a man, claimed he wanted to rape a minor.
People have highlighted the seriousness of the post as it was followed by the picture of the young girl (minor) he was referring to.
Brigadier-General Qiliho said: “At a time when the nation is working towards eradicating this problem and looking at ways of protecting our children from becoming victims of such crimes, making a joke of such an issue is sickening.” Police are trying to track down where the comment originated from and who was the person involved. Meanwhile on Facebook people have alleged that the person who posted the comment belongs to the New Methodist Christian Fellowship Church. But general superintendent of the church Atunaisa Vulaono said: “He is not part of the church or a member of any of our mission.” Members of the church have said that phones and the use of Facebook are prohibited to the mission boys of the church.