Min­is­ter Reddy makes stern warn­ing af­ter sec­ond in­ci­dent

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - CHARLES CHAM­BERS Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, has warned school heads and teach­ers of fac­ing strict dis­ci­plinary ac­tion if milk and Weet-Bix meant for Year One stu­dents were found to be sold on the streets.

This fol­lows a sec­ond in­ci­dent in Lau­toka yes­ter­day where an­other man had sold a car­ton con­tain­ing pack­ets of 250ml Rewa Life Milk and Weet-Bix for $20. Narayan Reddy, a busi­ness­man in Lau­toka, had bought the items for the sec­ond time this week at the Lau­toka bus sta­tion. The man he bought it from was about to board a bus bound for Suva and had in his pos­ses­sion at least 10 pack­ets of milk and about 20 pack­ets of Weet-Bix. The min­is­ter said he was go­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and strict dis­ci­plinary ac­tion would fol­low against those in­volved in the schools. “School heads are re­minded that the rule is that those prod­ucts that were go­ing to ex­pire be­fore school be­gins next year should have been given out to the chil­dren,” he said. “Those prod­ucts which were not go­ing to ex­pire by the time school be­gan should be locked away in a cup­board and the amount of stock noted and the Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice no­ti­fied as to how much of the prod­ucts were kept there.” The Lau­toka busi­ness­man, who is usu­ally seen around the area be­cause of his work with the mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket, had no­ticed a man ready to board a bus.

“I asked him if he was sell­ing and he said yes and sold me the items for $20,” Mr Reddy said. “All he told me was that his sis­ter was a teacher, and gave it to him.” Mr Reddy said the man then did not say any­thing else as some­one had no­ticed that Mr Reddy was the per­son who had high­lighted the first in­ci­dent in the Fiji Sun on Sun­day and told the man who he was.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Narayan Reddy with the car­ton of milk and packet of Weet-Bix he bought on the streets in Lau­toka yes­ter­day.

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