Fiji Time: 10:17 AM on Saturday 24 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Alarm over illiteracy

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SOME students entering secondary school education can't read, it has been revealed.

Principals and headteachers told a Central Division headteachers workshop last week that they continued to receive students in secondary schools who could not read.

And the heads of schools questioned the removal of external examinations such as the Fiji Intermediate Examination, Fiji Eighth Year Examination and the Fiji Junior Certificate and the abolishment of corporal punishment.

Teachers asked that a study be conducted to establish the literacy rate in schools.

Responding to the issues raised, Central Division education officer Serupepeli Udre said they were aware of students who were still being promoted to the next level in schools although their literacy rate was low. He said the figures they received at headquarters did not indicate that literacy level in schools were low.

He said the percentage on examination pass rates they received from schools continued to increase, an indication that students were doing well academically.

"The abolishment of corporal punishment can be both negative and positive. The negative side you say is that when we abolish corporal punishment it gives rise to all other activities that are not helpful to the growth of the child, but this needs to be proven," Mr Udre said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63650.6175
JPY 54.034951.0349
GBP 0.35780.3498
EUR 0.40640.3944
NZD 0.68820.6552
AUD 0.64140.6164
USD 0.50240.4854

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Choices for PM
  2. RFMF awaits order
  3. Biman assures province
  4. Sachs shines 'Shadows and Light' on artwork
  5. FTUC: Lame excuse
  6. Council under scrutiny
  7. Education declaration launched
  8. Sawmillers urged
  9. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
  10. CORRECTION

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs Thursday (22 Feb)
  2. Long wait Monday (19 Feb)
  3. Police brutality claims Thursday (22 Feb)
  4. Plans to open caves for public viewing Monday (19 Feb)
  5. Tears flow for eleven Wednesday (21 Feb)
  6. Masirewa scores biggest try Monday (19 Feb)
  7. Adi Meretui joins SODELPA camp Monday (19 Feb)
  8. 'I won't stand down' Friday (23 Feb)
  9. Sau's 7s aim Monday (19 Feb)
  10. That fateful night Friday (23 Feb)