Using corporal punishment to discipline a child can never be brought back.
This has been stressed by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting who says that use of corporal punishment to discipline a student is assault.
Bainimarama says that it has been heard that some teachers and parents are asking that corporal punishment be brought back to discipline a child since the behaviour of some students in Tailevu schools has been negative.
He says these teachers and parents should understand that using corporal punishment is not the way to instill good values in students. Bainimarama says the responsibility lies with parents.
He adds discipline of a child starts from home, and Bainimarama is urging parents to work hard in instilling good values to their children so they can become a better person in future.
He also commissioned a teachers' quarters at Ucunivanua District School. The government provided $167,000 for the project.