THERE is a need for scripture to be taught in schools.
Scripture Union in Fiji Council chairman Waisake Ravatu said the education system was faced with so many challenges, like human rights. He made the comment following the council prayer breakfast in Suva yesterday.
Mr Ravatu said teachers could no longer use the cane and expelling students was difficult and for some, it was just easier to do their jobs and let the students be.
He however said there were teachers who believed in filling that vacuum.
Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal said he was not aware of the scripture union, but would be happy to see if something positive came out of it.
The scripture union is a student leadership ministry, which has been around for 50 years, and is made up of teachers and professionals from different Christian denominations.
"Christian principals and teachers feel we can contribute even though the cane is not here," Mr Ravatu said. "If there was ever a time you need such a group like this in schools, it's now.
"The work of the scripture union also serves families and many families are breaking down."
Mr Ravatu said the prayer breakfast was to harness financial support for the union, raise awareness and plan the 50th anniversary, which would be held next month.
He said the union was funded by people who believed in their work.
"We go out and do this when we could be at home sleeping today, we believe in this," Mr Ravatu said. "We seek out Christian friends and partnership and each person gives $260 per year from our salaries.
"The other form is through pledges, last year the council members pledged $1000 each.
"We have an office space in Raiwaqa and the money we raise is used to pay for the director and typist's salaries.
Dr Lal said there were hundreds of people who wanted to help the students but the ministry had to see if they were suitable.
"If any organisation is doing good then we have no objections. "We will be happy to see if something positive comes out of it," he said.
Mr Ravatu said the council was trying to get people to work in various divisions around the country and that they were trying to put out a devotional for students.