Parents wary of game

Primary school children take during a school break. Parent of some Suva-based schools are concerned about a game called "Charlie Charlie" which allegedly summons demonic spirits. Picture: FILE

Parent of some Suva-based schools are concerned about a game called “Charlie Charlie” which allegedly summons demonic spirits.

A mother who spoke to this newspaper on the condition of anonymity said she was worried about her children’s safety in school.

“This game has started again and I am really concerned for my children,” she said.

“Amid this worry, the only thing that relieves me is the thought that my children’s teachers are religious and ensure that they pray every morning and afternoon.”

Another concerned parent, who also wished to remain anonymous, said she would try to educate her children about the game as much as possible.

“I don’t want my children to play this game,” she said.

“I can only educate my children and teach them to not engage in such games — that is the only thing I can do.”

Another parent said it was the teachers’ responsibility to supervise and ensure students did not engage in such games.

“I think the main thing is the supervision in schools because if a child is playing any game, I think the teachers should supervise them,” she said.

“There should be maximum supervision because once the kids come to school, it becomes the teachers’ responsibility – the parents can’t be with them all the time.

“And if the teacher is not present, there has to be some way of supervision, some way of time-out for the teachers.”

Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan said the ministry was investigating the issue.

“We looking into the matter so we can’t really give you any detail just as yet,” she said.

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