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Warning for teachers

Torika Chandra
Thursday, July 24, 2014

TEACHERS should not be accessing social networking sites during school hours, says Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal following concerns raised by members of the public.

Dr Lal confirmed that although the ministry had not received any complaint from members of the public, he was aware of the issue through the Letters to the Editor section of The Fiji Times.

"Teachers shouldn't be using that during school time. They should be busy doing their teaching and learning for the students," Dr Lal said.

"Their duty during school hours is to be teaching."

He said although it was a minor issue, teachers found not taking heed of this advice would be dealt with accordingly.

"We will try and find and see what necessary actions we can take," he said.

Avitesh Kumar of Ba raised this concern through the Letter to the Editor section of this newspaper on July 15.

Mr Kumar said he was astonished to find that some teachers were constantly posting pictures and updating their status during official teaching hours.

In his letter, Mr Kumar claimed teachers' ethics seemed to have gone down the drain as teachers were more concerned about checking their profiles, commenting and liking other people than about providing holistic education to their students.

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