THE Education Department has taken steps to address the alarming cases of sex and drug offences in the Western Division.
Divisional education officer Lorima Voravora said religious and traditional leaders were approached to assist the department in reducing offences in schools.
The ministry revealed 291 cases of sex and drug offences in schools were recorded in the West between 2009 and 2011.
Schools in the Lautoka/Yasawa region recorded the highest offences with 125 cases.
In addition, the West also recorded 19 cases of pregnancy, eight of these cases were received from the Lautoka/Yasawa area.
Mr Voravora said the department was concerned about the offences committed in schools.
He said awareness campaigns were conducted in the division to address the issue.
"Villages and settlements have been visited by the department officials, likewise teachers, in educating parents and community members on their roles," said Mr Voravora.
"We are concerned and are involving members of the community.
"Village headmen and tikina representatives in the West have been urged to address the issue at village and tikina meetings."
Mr Voravora said there was a need for government departments and other non-government organisations to involve themselves in the fight against drugs and sex offences in schools.