Children held back from school on religious grounds

Some parents in the northern district of Fiji are refusing to let their children attend school on religious grounds.

iTaukei Affairs Board representative to the Labasa Inter Agency Committee on Child Welfare, Ravuama Naceba, has been in Dogotuki addressing the issue.

“When addressing the issue, we had offered the parents a choice on whether they wanted to continue exercising their freedom of religion or whether they wanted to be taken to task for denying their child’s right to education,” he said.

After considering their situation, the parents chose to allow their children to attend classes in the nearest school.

Ravuama said the committee needed to confirm whether issues such as the freedom of religion superseded the right of children to immunisation and education or whether it was subjective to these rights.


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