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Ministry Sticks With 12-Year Continuous Education

Ministry Sticks With 12-Year Continuous  Education
From left: Datec Fiji Limited general manager Ateen Kumar, Dahua Technology regional sales manager Tim Wo, Datec head of sales and marketing Sandeep Kumar and Dahua marketing director for Oceania Damien White. Photo: Datec Fiji Limited
September 04
07:53 2014

During political campaign meetings some parents have called on the Government to look at bringing back the external examinations which were abolished.  But the Ministry of Education is assuring parents that the abolishment was best for their children.

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Education, Basundra Kumar said the abolishment of those exams has improved the critical thinking of students.

“The view of the Educational Report 2000 states that the examination system kills much innovative teaching and encourages rote learning as it assess two years’ work in two or three hours which is not educationally sound. It therefore recommended that examinations at certain levels be discontinued,” Mrs Kumar said.

“In alignment with the direction in education for all that emphasis should be on the child to have 12 continuous years of education.

Mrs Kumar said the ministry was ensuring the articulation of that policy direction by removing examinations seen as a system that segregated failures to drop out of the system.

“The National Curriculum Framework encourages critical thinkers rather than rote learning by ensuring increasing proportion of school- based assessment thus the need to shift pedagogy from an examination oriented to the child- centered approach.

 

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