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Students unhappy with exam results

December 31
12:00 2008

image Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Some Form Seven students interviewed yesterday said they were not happy with their marks.
Their marks were released by the Ministry of Education yesterday.
Students were expecting their marks to be more than their annual exam results but for most of them it as the other way round.
Tama Chetty, a Nabua Secondary School student was shocked and speechless when she saw her marks yesterday.
She said she was expecting a pass and a much better mark than her annual results.
She said she got 252 out of 400 in the annual exam and she came fourth in her class. She was expecting her external exam result to be more. But to her surprise she failed overall.
“Well, I was expecting more than 252 marks but surprisingly I got 170 out of 400,’’ she said.
“The result is surprising and I am really shocked I just cannot speak much.”
She said she was not sure whether any institution that she had applied to would take her with those kinds of marks.
Ms Chetty had applied to the Fiji College of Agriculture, Fiji Institute of Technology and University of the South Pacific.
Student Mariko Lewanavanua said he was also looking forward to getting more marks than his annual exam. But he got only 15 more.
“I was expecting more marks like 50 more,’ he said.
“I think the main problem is the scaling of marks. This scaling system had really decreased our marks and it has done us no good.
“Even our English mark has been scaled and it has dropped so badly and that is why most of us are getting less than our expectation.’
Sunita Devi, a parent, had urged the Ministry of Education to remove the scaling system as it had affected the exam results of the students.
She said her daughter got 330 out of 400 in her annual exam and came second in her form.
But her external exam result was 292 which she said was not a good result.
“My daughter is a science student and scored a good mark in the annual and I know that she was expecting more,’’ she said.
“Her English mark is not very good even though she got a pass but is still not happy.
‘I know she was going to score more but I believe if the scaling system was not used then definitely she can have scored in three hundreds.
“The marks had been scaled down but I think students should have the right to get the reward for their hard work and the sacrifices they made during the year.
-They should get the right marks because they are the ones who are working hard here.”
No comment could be obtained from the Education ministry yesterday.

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