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Year 13 Exam Results Show Education Reforms Working

The Education reforms must be working. The Year 13 examination results just released showed the pass rate this year has jumped to 63 per cent from 55 per cent last
14 Dec 2016 15:57
Year 13 Exam Results Show Education Reforms Working
Minister for Education, Arts and Heritage, Mahendra Reddy.

The Education reforms must be working. The Year 13 examination results just released showed the pass rate this year has jumped to 63 per cent from 55 per cent last year.

This impressive result is achieved on the back of a difficult year that saw Tropical Cyclone Winston sweep through parts of

Fiji with devastating impact including the destruction of schools in its path.

For the students in the cyclone-stricken areas to bounce back and do well is a tribute to them and all the other stakeholders.

Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy and his team must be congratulated for  pressing on with the education reforms in the face of severe opposition from critics. The results vindicate the reforms.

They support Mr Reddy’s philosophy that we need to keep moving forward to keep abreast with the education revolution. It requires the changing of mindsets and a shift away from the old culture, if we are to capitalise on the benefits of the modern changes.

Even in the face of extreme conditions in post Cyclone Winston, the relentless push to maintain the reform momentum, has been largely responsible for the incredible recovery and outcome.

If results had dropped this year it would have been acceptable because of Cyclone Winston.

But we rose from the ruins.

Students, parents, teachers and ministry officials united to keep their focus on this year’s ultimate goals.

Their sacrifice has paid off and they should all be pleased with the results of their efforts.

The other issue that needs recognition is the release of the examination results well before the usual due date. It provides students and their parents ample time to discuss their education future. This is a significant development that deserves recognition.

Another issue that must be recognised is the decentralisation of the release of the results.

Exam results can now be accessed from more venues preventing long journeys by those  who live far from the main urban centres. Students and parents can obtain their results from their respective schools,  the Government website: http://www.examresults.gov.fj, and other designated centres.

Mr Reddy said this was a new approach to the ministry’s efforts to step up its services to help students and parents.

Much of the work we do in education can only be assessed and evaluated through the achievements of the students.

When students do well in Year 13, those standards are likely to go with them as they enter tertiary level and form the basis of their future progress.

For the Toppers Scheme, 30 more places are being made available for students of excellence.

All these developments are indicative of reforms that are kicking in and we are seeing the results.

Based on this year’s performance, we can expect more improvements next year.

Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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