Fiji: Ed Minister Should Clearly Assess Reforms/results

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Improvements ‘extraordinary and unexplained’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 21, 2015) – Fiji's opposition says the education minister needs to be clearer about the country's education reforms, saying dramatic improvements in exam results are extraordinary and unexplained.

The minister, Mahendra Reddy, last week announced that every single student passed their year 13 exams, a significant increase from a 75.2 percent pass rate two years ago.

However, results for maths and sciences remains poor, with pass rates for these subjects well below 50 percent.

In a statement, Mr Reddy says the improvement is down to a number of reforms carried out in the past year to improve what has been consistently poor performance.

But the leader of the National Federation Party, Biman Prasad, says recent statements by Mr Reddy about the results have many students and teachers confused.

"It's amazing and ridiculous that the minister for education would not be able to give a very clear assessment of what the result is. His claim that the reforms are paying dividends is rubbish because what is he measuring that against?"

Biman Prasad says there needs to be an independent review of the education system.


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