FTU accuses minister, staff of ‘policing teachers’

Sashi Kumar speaks at the head of schools Lautoka/Yasawa division meeting at FNU Natabua yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Fiji Teachers Union has accused the Education Minister and her staff of “policing teachers” during student free days last week.

Secretary general Agni Deo Singh said the minister, assistant minister and head-office staff visited schools unannounced.

“They were basically going and checking on the school heads on whether they were actually at the school with their staff,” said Mr Singh.

“The visits were not about saying hello, but were to check on what the staff were doing.”

“Why wasn’t school heads informed in advance?”

Education Minister Rosy Akbar has denied the claim made by the Fiji Teachers Union.

“The whole purpose of the student free days if I may state here was not actually to police you — the unions accused me of policing heads of schools and not having trust in you,” she said while speaking at the Nadroga/Navosa head of schools meeting in Sigatoka yesterday.

Ms Akbar said they trusted all school heads.

“That’s why we have put you in this very important role so get that at the back of your mind.”

She said the whole idea leaders visit schools was to get to know them, what they went through and the challenges and the issues they faced.

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