Ministry issues ‘step down’ order

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar speaks at the launch of the National Action Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls at the Suvavou House. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

A FEW acting heads of schools were ordered to step down this year because of allegations of sexual harassment.

Education Minister Rosy Akbar said most of the cases that were registered against heads of schools were mostly for corporal punishment, mismanagement of funds, insubordination and sexual harassment.

“In the case of head of schools — those on acting positions — if there is a disciplinary case registered against them, they need to step down,” she said.

“I think most of the cases are with acting head teachers and the cases are mostly for corporal punishment, mismanagement of funds and insubordination.

“I have a few cases of sexual harassment as well.

“I want to be clear, these are serious cases so we have asked the officers to step down.”

Ms Akbar said it was imperative for teachers to be aware of their roles and such conduct would not be condoned.

“We have a very professional role to play and there is no room for sexual harassment, there is no room for mismanagement of funds, there is no room for corporal punishments and these are very serious issues. Many times they are given the warrant of termination.”

She also confirmed that such cases were reported to police to deal with it accordingly.

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