7 May 2009

Fiji principal sacked over call for democracy

3:56 pm on 7 May 2009

A school principal in Fiji has been sacked for calling for a speedy return to democracy.

Tevita Koroi, who is also the President of the Fijian Teachers Association, says he was told of the decision through a letter delivered to him on Monday night.

Mr Koroi made the comments in December last year, in his capacity as President of the FTA.

He was suspended for breaking the Public Service Commission Code of Conduct and sacked five months later.

Mr Koroi, who has been a teacher for 29 years, says he has been victimised.

"I spoke as president of the Association, all of my predecessors have also been civil servants. They've spoken out on issues with regards to democracy, the rule of law, democratic rights."

The President of the Fijian Teachers Association Tevita Koroi