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Reddy: Senior Civil Servants Target My Family

The Ministry for Education has appointed a review committee to look into the scaling of marks in external examinations. Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy says the three member committee
25 Oct 2014 11:30
Reddy: Senior Civil Servants Target My Family
Dr Mahendra Reddy

The Ministry for Education has appointed a review committee to look into the scaling of marks in external examinations.

Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy says the three member committee is well equipped and has the experience to carry out the task.

“The primary objective of this review is to ascertain whether the intended objective of scaling is met by the existing scaling process and formula that we have. We want to ensure that the scaling does not result in us sending students to the market who are not ready.” The team from the University of the South Pacific is led by Head of School of Economics Professor Satya Paul, Professor Subash Chandra and Dr Jito Vanualailai who is the associate Professor of Mathematics.

“Since the scaling and the raw marks I think it’s a matter of concern that we need to look into it again; the process of scaling, the process of scaling across subjects so that no students are disadvantaged and we are happy to help the ministry.”

The minister also said there is a small group of civil servants within the Education Ministry, trying to derail his work.

Speaking on FBC TV’s 4 The Record earlier in the week, Dr Reddy revealed there is opposition to the reforms he’s trying to introduce. Some senior civil servants are even targeting his family.

“They’ll create email accounts…my wife is a teacher. This is the kind of things they’ll do – your wife was absent today, your wife made this mistake in the exam paper. What are you doing, talking big about the education system etc. So when you investigate, you find no one of that name sent the email.”

Dr Reddy says he knows who these people are, and what ambitions are driving them. Some of these civil servants are trying to maintain the status quo after having worked their way into comfortable positions, he said.

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