Teacher ‘abused’

A teacher of a prominent boarding school in Tailevu is alleged to have been verbally abused by a group of students after she confronted them for vandalising a classroom wall.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a talanoa session at Nabua in Suva yesterday.

He said the teacher and her husband, who is the principal at the school, visited him yesterday to discuss the matter.

Mr Bainimarama said the matter was now with police.

He said there was no doubt action would be taken against the principal in his bid to discipline the students because under the current laws, corporal punishment was prohibited in schools.

“She (teacher) spoke to them (students) and they swore at her and verbally abused her. The principal then investigated the matter and punished the students and now the matter is with police,” he said. “I feel for this man and his wife who is also a teacher.”

He clarified that the law on the ban of corporal punishment was brought about after some teachers used their powers and injured students in the process of disciplining them.

“Now that they cannot be punished that way, there have been some stories that do not sound so good. We should try to speak with our children a lot. This is an issue that can be addressed by us parents.”

Police acting director operations Senior Superintendent of Police Livai Driu confirmed police were investigating the matter and the file had been referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, residents of Nabua now have a better place to conduct meetings and workshops not only for the older generation, but for students and youths as well.

This comes after the opening of a resource centre by Mr Bainimarama yesterday.