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Complaint letter with PM

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has confirmed receiving a letter of complaint from parents of protesting students at Labasa SKM College.

Commodore Bainimarama said the letter was forwarded to the Education Ministry for necessary action.

The letter contained queries about the ministry's decision to award zero to 11 students' Fiji Seventh Form biology exam results.

The parents also expressed outrage at the ministry's decision not to reveal the findings of an inquiry team that looked into the issue.

A representative of the protesting party, Rajesh Lal, claimed that in making such a decision the ministry was trying to hide proof that was fundamental to those concerned.

"At least the findings should be let known to the schools, the students and the parents concerned," said Mr Lal.

"We need to know the terms of reference for the investigations as well.

"They are playing with the lives of the students here who indeed are our future as well as the nation's."

Mr Lal questioned the example that the ministry was setting to students nationwide.

"As seen on the Fiji Broadcasting Television news, Dr Brij Lal (education permanent secretary) said they arrived at the decision to grant all 11 students zero marks after a full investigation," said Mr Lal.

"How were the investigations completed without the parties concerned interviewed, that is, the 11 students, some other students within the examination hall at the time in question to confirm the malpractice if there was any, exam supervisors, teachers and principals," said Mr Lal.


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