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Why Scaling Was Scrapped: Reddy

Declining educational standards have forced the scrapping of scaling of marks. Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy presented a detailed analysis in Parliament yesterday of how, in the last six years,
11 Feb 2015 09:51
Why Scaling Was Scrapped: Reddy
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

Declining educational standards have forced the scrapping of scaling of marks.

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy presented a detailed analysis in Parliament yesterday of how, in the last six years, raw exam marks for senior high school students had declined.

The decline in the marks were across the curriculum, in both arts and sciences.

He revealed that one major tertiary institution was considering introducing a separate examination for applicants because of the poor quality of applicants.

Mr Reddy’s analysis was welcomed by the National Federation Party’s Biman Prasad.

However, Mr Prasad, said educational reforms was needed to be done by an Education Commission, to look at the causes of poor academic behaviour of Fijian students.

Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, also pointed out that there were benefits and disadvantages in the scaling system, introduced in 1979.

New teachers

A total of 653 new teachers joined the education system this year.

This was confirmed by Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy yesterday.

“318 new teachers have been allocated to secondary schools and 335 have been allocated to primary schools,”Mr Reddy said.

“The starting salary per annum for all new teachers will be $12,360 and they will be given three year contracts,”he said.

Mr Reddy said teachers will only get promoted to a salary of $16,610 if they perform well after being evaluated after term two this year.

“After teaching for two years, teachers will then receive a salary of $23,000.

Meanwhile he also stated that they selected teachers who have not been employed since 1993.

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