Publish date/time: 07/03/2014 [17:08]
The Minister for Education Filipe Bole has rejected claims made by the new leader of Social Democratic and Liberal Party, Ro Teimumu Kepa that a senior official in the Ministry of Education has given written advice to Suva Grammar School to stop religious prayers.
Ro Teimumu Kepa claimed in the SODELPA Special General Assembly that the official from the Ethics and Disciplinary Unit said that Christian prayers at Suva Grammar are unconstitutional.
She then said that this would also mean no prayers or religious instructions at other government schools like Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria School, Adi Cakobau School and Natabua High School.
When questioned, the Education Minister, Filipe Bole said no such directive has been issued.
Fijivillage has received confirmation that the Suva Grammar School management had only sent letters to the parents of all Grammar students asking if they want their children to allow or disallow them from attending the prayers.
The parents are given the option to choose this and the school management made it clear that no one will be forced to attend the prayers.
Story by: Vijay Narayan and Rusiate Baleilevuka