FTU to defend teachers

Fiji Teachers Union members during the annual general meeting at Rishikul Sanatan College in Nasinu yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

The Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) is now challenging the Education Ministry’s decision to terminate teachers who deny inflicting corporal punishment on students, says its general secretary Agni Deo Singh.

He highlighted this during their annual general meeting at Rishikul Sanatan College hall in Nasinu yesterday.

“Now we are challenging the ministry’s panel, the ministry’s investigation, the competency of the investigation and then wherever a teacher denies inflicting corporal punishment, we represent the teacher in court, before we didn’t do it,” he said.

Mr Singh said it was important for teachers to understand that the ministry had zero tolerance for corporal punishment.

“If the permanent secretary without the involvement of police terminates you and you have not admitted anywhere that you inflicted corporal punishment, we will come in and defend you.”

He said the union had been successfully defending such cases in court.

Mr Singh also said if a teacher successfully won his/her case in court without being represented by the union, then they would be reimbursed up to $4000 in legal costs.

Meanwhile, during the meeting teachers were also reminded of the role they played in society. About 500 teachers were part of the meeting.

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