Chaplains must work with parents and teachers to address bullying

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SCHOOL chaplains must work hand in hand with parents and teachers to address bullying in schools, says Methodist Church in Fiji president the Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa.

Mr Vakadewavosa said bullying in schools, especially in boarding institutions, was a serious issue and the church does not condone it.

He said the safety and welfare of students in schools was paramount and this role must be shared among the other stakeholders, including parents.

Mr Vakadewavosa said school chaplains must work on ways to address the issue.

He said mechanisms such as counselling, religious education and interacting with students was important to address bullying in schools.

“I hope the schools will address this issue straight away and also the Ministry of Education,” Mr Vakadewavosa said.

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