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Schools Not Allowed To Print External Exam Papers

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy yesterday confirmed that all external exam papers would only be printed by the Ministry of Education and not the schools. This
08 Jan 2016 09:30
Schools Not Allowed To Print External Exam Papers
Minister for Agriculture, Mahendra Reddy

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy yesterday confirmed that all external exam papers would only be printed by the Ministry of Education and not the schools.

This came after Ra High School manager Waisea Rabobo raised an issue regarding the leaking of exam papers from teachers to students.

It came during the latest of the National Education Consultations, this one at Penang Sangam High School.

Mr Rabobo said teachers were printing external exam papers without any supervision from the Ministry of Education.

“The headteachers or the principals should not do the printing. Since it is external we want the Ministry of Education to do the printing,” he said.

“You had given the right to the teachers to print the external exam papers and some schools have taken advantage of that.”

He noted scaling of marks will be removed and students will be shown their raw marks to motivate them to work harder.

Meanwhile, Mr Reddy reassured those present at the forum that exam papers would now be prepared by experts with Masters Degree supported by graduates with very high GPA.

“Having people of this calibre will also minimise leakages as teachers will not be involved in the exam papers preparation,” he said.

“If schools do not have the materials we could supply them and for such reason we will not send the exam papers electronically.”

Mr Reddy emphasised that with the removal of CBA (class based assessment) and other administrative work teachers now have the opportunity to engage with students efficiently.

Uneven resources and quality of infrastructure across Fiji

Mr Reddy said his Ministry would now provide more financial resources to small schools in the interior and maritime zones.

“We are placing more emphasis on schools whose infrastructure is depleted,” he said.

“We are taking over the running of Government schools and intend to develop them into model Schools.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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