Civil servants not doing their jobs, says A-G

A LOT of things are not happening because civil servants are not doing their jobs, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said through the civil service reforms, Government was emphasising on the need for civil servants to do their job properly.

“We tell them what to do, a lot of them don’t actually do their job properly,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It’s not because the textbooks aren’t available, it’s not because government has not given enough money, but it’s because some people are not doing their jobs and the only way that we get to know about it is when we hear about it directly from students.”

He highlighted this during the 2018/2019 National Budget consultation at Vunimono Sanatan Dharam Hall in Nausori while responding to queries that were raised by students yesterday.

One of the students informed the minister that the technical drawing workbook syllabus for Year 13 students arrived at the school in Week 9.

Mariana Lisa of Naitasiri Secondary School said the delay in the delivery of textbooks to rural schools were unfair.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he had instructed Ministry of Education officials to ensure that every child had a textbook when school started and he was also assured by the ministry that it was done.

The students who were at the consultation also applauded the idea that was raised by the head boy of Lelean Memorial School to bring back corporal punishment as a means of punishment in schools.

Tevita Turanivalu said the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, had raised serious concerns on the way students behaved in schools.

“We need to bring back corporal punishment, not the harsh full corporal punishment that we did many years, but a more realistic one that can help improve students’ behaviour,” the Year 13 student said.

He said teachers were being burdened and even bullied because of students’ behaviour and the issue raised by the PM could only be solved if Government revived corporal punishment as means of punishment in schools in order to build a better Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he concurred with the recommendation, but there were some dilemma in the recommendation to bring corporal punishment as a means of punishment in schools, but a practical sense needed to be incorporated with it as it involved dangers.

The students also said that most teachers do not know how to counsel students.

The minister responded and said teachers were not trained counsellors and there was a need to have trained and professional counsellors for students.

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