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Decision to scrap scaling widely accepted

February 10, 2016 6:16 pm

The decision to scrap the scaling of exam marks has been widely accepted.

Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy says there have been benefits across the board.

He says there was a loss of confidence in the examination system because concerns over the removal of the scaling system had not been properly addressed.

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The Ministry says alot was done in a very short time with the re-introduction of Year six exams, preparations for Years 12 and 13 exams and finishing the syllabus by term two.

“The whole nation was psyched up scaling discontinued, exams introduced, students were raking about it, teachers were discussing amongst themselves with students and parents were talking to their children and reminding them to work hard.”

Dr. Reddy says although it was a big ask, parents were out to prove that their children did not have to be given marks for nothing.

“We were able to change students mind sets on the discontinuation of marks scaling and getting them to start working hard towards a performance based award system. Teachers have all psyched up and have risen up to the occasion. Parents had also stepped in to assist and support the students.”

The minister is urging parents and those concerned with the education reforms to send their suggestions directly to his office.

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