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Exam probe fair

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, January 19, 2013

SCHOOL Management Association of Fiji president, Govind Singh says the association is satisfied with the findings of the official investigation on the alleged cheating during the 2012 external investigations.

Mr Singh said the association had earlier called for the Ministry of Education to carry out a full investigation before making a decision on the students' future.

"I thank the ministry for going a step further and allowing an independent committee to investigate the matter," Mr Singh said.

"The independent committee has upheld the decision of the Ministry of Education."

He said the ministry's firm and decisive action should be a lesson to all students and parents in Fiji.

"The School Management Association would like parents and students to accept the facts and put their trust in examination officials and Ministry of Education," he said.

"Our advice to parents would be not to waste their time and money as the ministry has evidence of copying and that children still stand tall if they admit their mistakes."

"My advice to the children is to be honest with their parents, teachers and themselves.

"The association believes in order to reduce cheating in examinations, new legislation needs to be developed to curb academic fraud.

"The regulation should be seen as part of a broader campaign to stamp out all forms of academic misconduct that has the potential to harm Fiji's education system and reputation.

"Under the new rules, any form of academic fraud should result in denial of certificate and degrees at all levels, as well as withdrawal of certificates or degrees awarded in the past."

He said the rules should strongly apply to all students and academic staff.