THE Ministry of Education is preparing a settlement offer to 11 Labasa students who were given zero marks in their sixth form Fiji School Leaving Certificate biology examination in January this year.
State lawyer Ropate Green made the statement in the High Court yesterday during the hearing of a court case brought by the students challenging the ministry's decision.
Justice Kamal Kumar questioned Mr Green on why the ministry had taken so long to make the offer after making the disqualification decision in January.
"You must realise that the students' lives are affected," Justice Kumar said. "They are children; they need certainty in their lives."
"Because they are children, you must keep the matter on track."
Mr Green also asked for a short adjournment date so that the ministry could finalise terms of the settlement proposal.
Yesterday's hearing was to decide whether the students should have leave to issue judicial review proceedings against the ministry.
Lawyer Richard Naidu, representing the students, said he had not received any information from the Attorney-General's office on the ministry's offer.
He argued that this was a "plain and obvious case" for the grant of leave and that leave for judicial review should be granted pending the settlement offer.
Justice Kumar said he would deliver his ruling on the leave application on notice, if a settlement was not achieved in 14 days.