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Hush on discipline

Luke Rawalai
Friday, January 18, 2013

PARENTS and children of Labasa SKM College are concerned that exam supervisors won't be disciplined for not detecting "malpractice" during last year's Fiji Seventh Form Examinations.

Protesting party representative Rajesh Lal said since the Education Ministry had detected malpractice as it claimed and was satisfied with the evidence, exam supervisors ought to be disciplined for not preventing the malpractice during the exam.

"It is interesting to see that the Ministry of Education has decided to stick to its original decision of awarding our children with zero in their biology exam.

Now, will those who were supposed to prevent this from happening be disciplined?" said Mr Lal.

"It will be interesting to see the action the ministry will take in this instance.

"It is strange how the examiners are saying they did not detect malpractice and, on the other hand, the ministry is claiming it has sufficient evidence to say that there was."

Mr Lal said to make matters worse, the ministry chose to be tight-lipped about its findings when asked for them to be made public so they could be assured once and for all if the ministry's decision was worthy. "Where has the transparency gone to, we do not know," he said.

Chief supervisor during the school's FSFE examinations Samuela Tuidravu confirmed to this paper there was no malpractice detected by him or his assistants.

When contacted yesterday, acting Education Minister Commander Viliame Naupoto said he would not comment further on the issue and referred all questions to permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal who also declined to comment as he was out in the west.