6 Jul 2010

Fijian teachers warned about hitting students

8:03 pm on 6 July 2010

The Ministry of Education in Fiji is warning teachers who inflict corporal punishment on students that they will lose their jobs.

In an ongoing court case a teacher is charged with beating 26 students with a hosepipe.

The interim minister, Filipe Bole, says that corporal punishment was made illegal in 2002 and that teachers who break the law will be immediately suspended without pay until their case is settled in court.

He says anyone who defies the directive is jeopardising their career in the teaching field.