Blaming teachers but his Education Ministry chose supervisors from public to invigilate exams!
Ministry blames school heads for exam failure
THE inefficiency of school heads has been blamed for the failure of a number of Year 6 students in their exams. Responding to queries raised by a headteacher during the education reforms forum in the North yesterday, Dr Reddy said markers had no choice but to fail papers without index numbers, adding that school heads failed to ensure that students filled their index numbers.
Dr Reddy labelled the issue as a national embarrassment saying the ministry would deal directly with those concerned. "It is because of people like you who collected the papers from children without checking whether their index numbers were entered or not that these children had failed," Dr Reddy replied.
"Therefore when we were marking the papers, we could not decide whom the paper belonged to so we gave them a zero.
"It is inefficient heads like you that created a national issue which became an embarrassment and this year we will fix you up."
Meanwhile, addressing the forum yesterday, former St Mary's School acting headteacher Mosese Cabecuva said they had received complaints from members of the public regarding certain students' marks in the school.
Mr Cabecuva asked Dr Reddy to comment on the alteration of students' marks after complaints were submitted to the ministry by the school.
"I am surprised at the minister's response in blaming school heads when indeed we were never allowed in the examination rooms during the duration of the exams," he said in an interview after the consultation.
"All papers were handled by the supervisors who had been selected by the ministry to supervise the examinations. School heads had no hand in the handling of these papers."
A concerned parent, Unaisi Talebula yesterday said she felt sorry for the students who were failed for not writing their index numbers.
Ms Talebula said no child should be failed because of the inefficiency of others.
"The sacrifices of the children's parents and the students themselves have been wasted when this happened," she said. Source: Fiji Times, 10 January 2016