Editorial comment – Exam time it is

Year 7,9, 10,11,12 and 13 students will be sitting for their exams in the coming weeks. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU/FILE

The Attorney-General and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has reminded students sitting for their Term Three exams this week that no exam was the sole determinant of their future.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reassured the students that their hard work would be recognised and that their achievement would be a stepping stone to new and better opportunities.

Today we have an opportunity to encourage support for the education process and system.

We have an opportunity to gather support and encouragement for our children. As parents and guardians, we should support students and encourage them to study and do well.

We should encourage them to be focused on their performance and head to school with confidence.

Perhaps we should remind our children that there are always opportunities to secure a better future for themselves.

Getting a good education can be fulfilling as well as rewarding.

A United Nations regional overview on East Asia and the Pacific in 2011, titled Education For All Global Monitoring Report, highlighted ‘children’s education opportunities are shaped long before they enter primary school’.

The linguistic, cognitive and social skills they develop through early childhood care and education are the foundations for expanded life chances and for lifelong learning.

Parents and guardians play a critical role, it said, and should understand that once children are enrolled at the right age, the challenge is to get them through school.

That is why we must play our part in ensuring our children receive the education they deserve.

We are now in the business end of the school year.

This is when students must knuckle down for the end of year exams. This is when the hard yards they have taken in the first two terms will come to fruition.

This term is about setting priorities. Let’s face it, not every student will be good in school.

It still is in their best interest to give this term their best effort.

We all have a great opportunity to encourage our children to set a strong base for a bright future. That will definitely need the support of parents, guardians and teachers.

Students must, however, be willing to make a difference. They must be willing to give this term their best shot.

They must have the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to make that difference in their lives. Let us remind them about setting goals and working towards them.

For the students, take time to read your questions properly before doing anything else on exam day.

To every student who is either sitting for an exam paper, has already completed exams, or who is preparing to sit for papers over the next few days, we wish you all the best.

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