FIJI TEACHER SENTENCED FOR WHIPPING PUPIL

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By Sudesh Kissun

SUVA, Fiji (May 15, 1998 - Fiji Times/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---A Fiji teacher who whipped a class two student with a telephone cord has been given a suspended sentence by Lautoka court, the Fiji Times reports.

But magistrate Jayant Prakesh, after finding Ami Chandra Memorial School teacher Sarita Chandra guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, warned teachers against harming children placed in their care.

Mr. Prakesh sentenced her to nine months in jail but suspended the conviction for 18 months.

He said the sentence should send a clear message to all school teachers that assault on children could not be condoned.

"Those who breach the trust of children will have to bear the consequences," he said.

"The community as a whole, and especially teachers, should ensure that the nobility of their profession is not undermined by the blight of corporal punishment."

No comments could be obtained from the Education Ministry on whether Chandra would be further disciplined because of the conviction.

Title -- 1359 JUSTICE: Fiji teacher sentenced for whipping pupil Date -- 15 May 1998 Byline -- Sudesh Kissun

Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Fiji Times, 15/5/98 Copyright -- Fiji Times Status – Abridged

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