Kumar: No need to panic

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar speaks to the media during a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts office in Suva on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

Students attending Years 1 to 11 will automatically graduate to the next class when the new school year begins.

Those in Years 12 and 13 will be examined “to determine their progression”.

The Ministry of Education permanent secretary, Dr Anjeela Jokhan, said this as she assured students would not be unduly penalised. She also said there was no need to panic about examinations.

Earlier, Minister for Education Premila Kumar said the ministry had proposed examinations for Years 12 and 13 to allow access to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

She said Government had offered 5000 funded places through TVET at the Fiji National University.

“So this becomes very important. I also want to emphasise that children were requiring more time for studies and we are giving an additional two weeks to Year 13 and three weeks to Year 12 to prepare for their examinations.”

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