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Marks Proposal

Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy has written to the vice-chancellors of the three Fijian universities in Fiji to reconsider lowering of entry marks for higher Education programmes. The proposal targets
08 Jul 2015 09:24
Marks Proposal
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy has written to the vice-chancellors of the three Fijian universities in Fiji to reconsider lowering of entry marks for higher Education programmes.

The proposal targets students completing Year 13 examination.

He confirmed this while responding to a question raised by National Federal Party (NFP)leader, Biman Prasad.

Mr Prasad asked for confirmation if Mr Reddy had already written to the Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University, University of Fiji and University of the South Pacific to reconsider the lowering of entry marks and why.

“The rise of entry marks was adopted by the universities in light of the view that students obtaining a pass in English and three other subjects with an aggregate mark of 200 would not have been able to perform well in University studies at that time,”Mr Reddy said.

He added that now that they had removed mark scaling, the basis for raising the entry mark from 200 to 250 no longer held and this was the basis for his request.

Opposition MP, Prem Singh then questioned Mr Reddy if he expected a decrease in pass rates this year.

“My expectation is that the pass rates using raw marks should increase this year that is our target. The response received from the universities has also been positive,” he said.

Opposition MP, Aseri Radrodro also asked whether the universities would have sufficient resources to accommodate the expected influx of students at the universities.

Mr Reddy said there were three large universities campuses around the country and he did not foresee problems.

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