Education Ministry dealing with some Heads of Schools who are under investigation for serious offences

Education Ministry dealing with some Heads of Schools who are under investigation for serious offences

By Shanil Singh
Wednesday 15/01/2020
Education Minister, Rosy Akbar [Photo:Fijian Government]

Education Minister, Rosy Akbar has confirmed that they are dealing with some Heads of Schools who are under investigation for serious offences which include alleged corporal punishment, offences of a sexual nature, mismanagement of the Free Education Grant and theft.

While speaking at the Nadroga/Navosa Heads of Schools meeting in Sigatoka, Akbar said that following the completion of the investigations which include both civil and criminal offences, further decisions will be made regarding the Heads of Schools.

Akbar also says some Head of Schools will have their contracts terminated due to abuse of funds on the ground.

The criteria for usage of grants was provided by the Ministry  and she stresses that this must be adhered to strictly.

Akbar says they have entrusted the Heads of Schools with large sums of money and she gets very upset when files of abuse of office or nepotism land on her table.

She says proper planning is vital so that projects which are undertaken in one financial year are completed and if Heads of Schools don’t perform then they will leave a mess behind for their successors.

Akbar says Heads of Schools who have made consistent efforts to perform well and fit into their new roles have been rolled over for a specified period of time while those Heads who need further guidance and support have also been rolled over.

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