Police confirm report

POLICE have confirmed receiving a report on the alleged assault of a Year 9 student by a teacher in a school in Lau.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they received a report through the Roko Vanuabalavu’s office that the student was assaulted by a teacher.

“It is alleged the student was hit by the teacher after some items, which were stolen from another teacher’s quarters, was found on him,” Ms Naisoro said.

“The incident is alleged to had occurred last Friday.

“Investigations continue and we will be bringing in the suspect for questioning.”

Ministry of Education acting permanent secretary Basundra Kumar said they had not received any official report on the matter. However, she reiterated their stand of a no-drop policy on cases of corporal punishment.

“Any teacher who inflicts corporal punishment has to face the full brunt of the law and the Ministry of Education immediately suspends the teacher as soon as the report reaches our table.”

“But as of now, there is nothing official as yet but there are a few other cases here and there, and it has been in the past, where the same policy is being used, on teachers inflicting corporal punishment,” Mrs Kumar said.

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