Teach­ers To Get New Quar­ters Soon

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The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions made by a mother of a Year Four pupil in Nadi who claimed that her daugh­ter was al­legedly forced to sit on the class­room floor for three days. Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Iowane Tiko said they were not aware of the is­sue but they would now in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened in a pri­mary school in Nadi last week. “On Septem­ber 16 dur­ing lunch time the Year Four stu­dent was danc­ing in the class­room when her chair broke,” the mother of the pupil said. “On Mon­day when she came to school, she was told by her class teacher to sit on the floor. “While other stu­dents sat on their chairs do­ing their school work, my daugh­ter would sit on the floor, did her class ac­tiv­i­ties and ate her food on the dirty floor. “My daugh­ter used to bring a cloth from home to school and sat on that piece of cloth in her class.” She said her daugh­ter in­formed her about the al­leged in­ci­dent af­ter school on Wed­nes­day. The con­cerned mother lodged a com­plaint with the head teacher soon af­ter.

“I also told the head teacher that I will re­port the mat­ter to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion but they begged me not to do so,” she said.

The girl’s mother said: “Sim­i­lar in­ci­dent hap­pened to my daugh­ter in Term One where she was given a bro­ken chair to sit on and when she would fall from her chair, the whole class would laugh at her.” “This should not be hap­pen­ing in any school. “If the teach­ers had any is­sues with my daugh­ter, they should have called me and I would have spo­ken to my daugh­ter,” she said. She said she even told the head teacher if the school could not pro­vide a chair for her daugh­ter to sit on, she would not send her daugh­ter to school. “The head teacher then told me to send my daugh­ter to school and she was given a chair the very next day,” she said.

The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened in a Pri­mary school in Nadi

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