Watch who kids mix with

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Mr Reddy said chil­dren were vul­ner­a­ble at their age and could be in­cited by any­thing which they were taught.

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Par­ents needed to be mind­ful of the peo­ple their chil­dren were min­gling with to avoid any pos­si­bil­ity of them get­ting in­volved in other sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties said Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy.

“Be care­ful of who your child is talk­ing to be­cause these days there are lots of chal­lenges that chil­dren face,” he said. Mr Reddy was speak­ing on Thurs­day to the par­ents, teach­ers and stu­dents of Natabua High School in Lautoka re­count­ing what tran­spired at a Tailevu school re­cently.

He strongly urged the par­ents to know what was hap­pen­ing in their chil­dren’s schools and in their daily lives.

“You just can’t be obliv­i­ous that some in­ci­dent could take place like cult prac­tises which could af­fect the en­tire think­ing and stud­ies. You must know what is hap­pen­ing in your chil­dren’s school,” Dr Reddy said.

He said the min­istry picked up the sit­u­a­tion in Tailevu quickly through a con­cerned party and were lucky they took quick ac­tion to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

“Just a few weeks ago you must have heard from me­dia that there is this school in Tailevu where group of stu­dents per­suaded by a vil­lager went and sat in the bush and spread the hope that if you don’t study you can get ev­ery­thing,” he said. “They came and slept there and then they pray there.

“We were able to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.”

He said chil­dren were vul­ner­a­ble at their age and could be in­cited by any­thing which was taught to them. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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