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Year 10 Exam To Be Decider

The Ministry of Education plans to reintroduce two external examinations in the near future – Year 6 and Year 10 (Form 4). This was revealed by the Minister of Education,
20 Oct 2014 14:03
Year 10 Exam To Be Decider
From left- Summet Tappoo, Dr. Krupali Tappoo with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during Sai Sanjeevani medical centre 4th year anniversary on September 19, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Ministry of Education plans to reintroduce two external examinations in the near future – Year 6 and Year 10 (Form 4).

This was revealed by the Minister of Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy last night during FBC TV 4 the Record programme.

He said those who failed the Year 10 exam would not proceed into the higher education stream.

“Those who fail Year 10 must go through the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) stream,” Dr Reddy said.

“They can’t proceed into higher education. They have to go to our technical college.

“Those who pass Year 10 have a choice. They can either proceed into higher education or go to technical college which offers Certificate One and Certificate Two in different trade areas. We have identified 21 to start with.”

He said students at technical college, when finishing their studies, could either choose to go back and continue in the higher education stream or enrol into university studies.

“By going from Year 10 into technical college, it doesn’t mean you can’t go to university. They will do Certificate 1 and 2 at our Ministry of Education’s Technical College and after Certificate 2, they can go into university study in the areas they had studied in at technical college.”

He said at Year 10, they wanted to see the competency among students whether they were competitive enough to get into the higher education stream.

“When we look back at the high school system, we found that the only external exam independently taking stock of the amount of knowledge that they’ve got is the Year 10 exam. We realised that this is not on. We need to have an intermediate external exam much earlier on to tell the students that they are not doing well,” Dr Reddy said.

He said they had also planned to reintroduce an external examination for Year 6 (Class 6).

“We are introducing external exam in Year 6. By having an external exam at Year 6, we are ensuring that every teacher covers 100 per cent of the syllabus. The student is tested with stock of knowledge that he or she should have acquired and we will know how the teacher has performed.”

Dr Reddy said they needed to put in place the exam after extensive consultations with stakeholders during their elections campaign.

He said industry stakeholders had also complained against standard of graduates joining the workforce.

 

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