1 Sep 2006

Fiji Human Rights Commission to investigae exam scaling

10:03 am on 1 September 2006

The Fiji Human Rights Commission is reported to be investigating alleged breaches of human rights when students' external examination marks are scaled by the education ministry.

The Fiji Times reports that this follows complaints that the mark scaling system is unfair, non-transparent and violates the Bill of Rights in the Constitution and the Fiji Human Rights Commission Act.

The commission has engaged a consultant from Hong Kong to carry out the investigation.

The general secretary of the Fiji Teachers Union, Agni Deo Singh, says the mark scaling system is unfair because it does not take into account the capabilities and efforts of students.

Mr Singh says after scaling students who normally score high marks lose while those who usually score low marks gain.