Concerns about increase in student sexual abuse cases in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s Director of Education Service, Roy Obed, says he is concerned about the increase in cases where adults including teachers are having sexual affairs with students.

Obed says the issue is not only undermining the concerned students, but it is an abuse of the good profession.

“I am requesting parents, community leaders and the general public to take a proactive measure to encourage children, especially girls, to consider their education as a prime investment for the good of this nation”

Obed also stressed that through the existence of the Child Protection Policy, parents and community leaders are encouraged to report cases of child abuse, especially sexual abuse to authorities so that perpetrators are prosecuted.

The public has been reminded that Vanuatu depends heavily on its human resource and the training of young people, especially girls is one of the Ministry of Education’s priorities.

Obed warns that people who abuse students thus affecting their career should be prosecuted.

“Anyone who has any information of such incidents should either contact the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Education and Training,” Obed said.


Photo supplied. Caption: Director of Education Service, Roy Obed 



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