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Minister Commends 80% Student Attendance In First Two Weeks

This is while the nation returns to the new norm as the COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted.
10 Jul 2020 10:33
Minister Commends 80% Student Attendance In First Two Weeks
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar.

The Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) recorded an average of 80 per cent attendance for all schools during its first few days of opening.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar, in an interview commended the turnout despite the underlying challenges.

This is while the nation returns to the new norm as the COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted.

Ms Akbar said: “It should be noted that we’ve never had 100 per cent attendance in schools in previous years, but always had more than 90 per cent.”

She said it was understandable that the students could not make it to school on the first week, but it is expected for students to be in schools at least from next week.

According to the statistics for Year 12 and 13 in Week one, the turnout were as follows:

  • 83 per cent attendance from the Central Division (Suva/Nausori),
  • 72 per cent from Eastern Division (Lau/Kadavu/Lomaiviti/Rotuma),
  • 80 per cent from Western Division (Ba-Tavua/Ra)
  • 78 per cent from the Northern Division (Macuata-Bua/ Cakaudrove).

The remaining streams returned to classes on Monday this week.

The attendance recorded are as follows:

  • 85 per cent in the Central Division
  • 94 per cent in the Eastern Division
  • 80 per cent in the Western Division- 89 per cent in the Northern Division.

There are 172 secondary schools and 736 primary schools in the country.

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Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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