Teachers sent abroad for treatment due to depression, claims Unions

FTU general secretary Agni Deo Singh stresses a point during their AGM. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

OVERCROWDED classrooms resulted in 561 teachers being medically treated for depression and hypertension last year, claims two teacher unions.

And of this number, 82 had to be sent for further treatment abroad.

This was the claim made by the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) and the Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) in response to queries from this newspaper about student-teacher ratio in schools around the country.

The FTU claims it had to send 21 of its members for treatment overseas and 78 locally while the FTA sent 61 teachers overseas for treatment and 401 locally.

FTU general secretary Agni Deo Singh said the main cause of this was overworking.

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