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Teachers union urges caution in abuse investigation

Fingers should not be pointed at the teachers of the pre-school where a four-year-old girl was reportedly sexually harassed by three older boys, until investigations are over teachers’ union POED said on Wednesday.

Following the uproar created by the claims of the four-year-old girl’s mother who sent a letter to the education ministry on Tuesday accusing it of not handling the incident properly and trying to cover up for the teachers, POED said in its announcement that the issue was delicate and that its exposure would interfere with how it was handled.

POED’s chairman Leonidas Fylaktou said that from the beginning of the school year until today 80 very serious delinquency incidents had been recorded in primary schools, for which the education ministry’s emergency interference team was called in. The high number of incidents was of concern to the union, it said.

Fylaktou said the problems were complex and could not be addressed only by teachers. He said that there were psychologists assigned to schools but they were few, with each of them having to serve 25 schools.



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