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Stop Exam Marks Scaling: Report

The existing practice of scaling examination marks in Year 12 and 13 should be stopped, a report presented to the Ministry of Education has said. The Ministry of Education’s scaling
01 Dec 2014 09:48
Stop Exam Marks Scaling: Report
The Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy (left), with scaling review committee Chairman, Professor Satya Paul yesterday. Photo: Litia Cava

The existing practice of scaling examination marks in Year 12 and 13 should be stopped, a report presented to the Ministry of Education has said.

The Ministry of Education’s scaling review committee, led by Professor and Head of Economics at University of the South Pacific (USP) Satya Paul, presented its report yesterday.

Mr Paul said: “With the removal of scaling, any concerns that parents and teachers and students have had in the past due to unknown nature of scaling will no longer be an issue.”

He said the results should be prepared based on the raw scores which were testimony of the actual education achievement level of each student in a given subject in the Years 12 and 13 external examinations.

However, the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, said the system would still be maintained.

“We will maintain the system with adjustments so that no students are disadvantaged in terms of their mark being reduced, etc. But we would also take into account the external factors that would have contributed to students getting low marks on an average so there will be adjustments to marks.

“For next year we will do a response to the issues raised by the team members and take a paper to cabinet of how we need to minimise any of the efficiency that has been perpetuating the system by this system and also clearly demonstrate the measures we are taking to ensure that the mark that the students get reflects the true body of knowledge of students and what we are doing to deal with students who are not doing well with regards to the measures in order to uplift the standards.”

USP Associate Professor of Mathematics, Jito Vanualailai, who provided the review team quantitative dimension, said the scaling of marks recognised the difficulty of subjects and the ability of students.

Feedback:  litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 



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