A directive has been sent out by the Permanent Secretary for Education, Allison Burchell for school heads, section heads and managers to ensure the Education Ministry’s Social Media Policy is implemented.
Under the social media policy, teachers should not accept or make “friend requests” from students or their parents on social media sites. The policy states that if any exist, they should be “unfriended” immediately.
The social media policy also says all Education Ministry staff should not post photos of students on social media.
It goes on to say that the Education Ministry staff should not be making negative comments in relation to the government, ministers or members of parliament.
They are also not allowed to make any comments in relation to national elections and the Ministry of Education.
Under the policy, social media means websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
It says these may include but are not limited to Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.