TWENTY-two parents and 11 students of a prominent school in Labasa will go on a hunger strike from Monday.
The protest comes in the wake of the Ministry of Education's decision to award zero to 11 students of the school in Labasa for alleged cheating in their biology papers during the Fiji Seventh Form Examinations last year.
Protesting party spokesman and parent Rajesh Lal confirmed the group will converge at a school in Labasa at 8am tomorrow to protest as a sign of their disappointment over the ministry's harsh decision.
Mr Lal said the students' and their parents' sacrifices throughout 2012 had been thrown down the drain by the Ministry of Education after they made their decision to award their children zero marks.
"We are talking about children whose aspirations and dreams were thrown out the window with no promising future as they continue to ponder about the rash decisions made by the ministry," said Mr Lal.
According to Mr Lal they have been initially told that an unknown caller had reported to the ministry about the students cheating in their biology paper while the ministry's recent explanation stated that there was malpractice found by markers.
"I have personally spoken to the examination chief supervisor in front of government officials and he has confirmed that there was no malpractice on their part," he said.
Mr Lal also confirmed they havdlodged a complaint with police and that they would take further legal action since the future of their children hung in the balance.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed they had received a letter of complaint which they were now treating as a police enquiry paper with investigations already under way.
"Upon the strength of the letter we have opened up investigations with concerns for everyone's safety and security, " Ms Naisoro said.
"We are advising the aggrieved party to take the reasonable approach and resolve their differences through the legal courts rather than taking the protest further through a hunger strike," she added.