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Wale advocates for compassionate treatment of teachers with physical or mental challenges

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Wale advocates for compassionate treatment of teachers with physical or mental challenges

THE Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale has raised concerns over clause 79(1)(a) of the new Education Bill brought to Parliament.

Clause 79(1)(a), in essence, provides for the termination of teachers on the grounds of mental or physical incapacity.

Speaking in Parliament recently, Hon. Wale said clause 79(1)(a) could sideline even some of the world’s most brilliant minds from the teaching profession.

 “Consider the late Professor Hawkins or Dr. Nash. Both carried unique challenges, but their intellectual contributions were undeniably profound. Under this clause, such gifted individuals would face termination,” Hon. Wale said.

Hon. Wale said the Government’s approach should be one of compassion, rather than termination.

“When faced with physical or mental challenges, our educators deserve care and support. We should value and appreciate their contributions rather than hastily ending their careers,” Hon. Wale adds.

He recommended that the decision regarding the continued employment of such teachers should be left to the discretion of education providers – assessing each case individually in order to reach a more holistic and empathetic approach.

“In our pursuit of embracing all Solomon Islanders, especially those frequently overlooked at the margins of society, it is concerning to see a clause in a new Bill that could impede this noble effort. Government would do well to fix this,” the Opposition Leader said.

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