BY ALEX DADAMU
THE government has decided to exempt every student sitting this year form five and six examinations.
This was mentioned by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his weekly COVID-19 update today Friday 26th June 2020.
Prime Minister Sogavare was speaking to inform School Authorities, Parents, and Students within the emergency zone that the government has received requests to ease social distancing in schools, as it creates a shortage of learning spaces in classes and disrupts students learning.
The Prime Minister said Streaming morning and afternoon classes as a result of social distancing has proven to be a challenge in students learning ability
“Concern students, parents, and education authorities. I assure you, this request is being referred to the oversight committee who will soon advise on when to ease social distancing in schools in the emergency zones, “He said.
Prime Minister Sogavare further said that schools within the jurisdiction of the emergency zones have been assessed to ascertain their financial status ahead of the second bi-annual grant payment.
“The government is also fast-tracking payments of the second bi-annual grant to all schools,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
He said the government has also decided to exempt every student sitting this year form five and six examinations.
Earlier last month, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Senior Management Team (SMT) has also decided not to charge examination fees on Forms 5 & 6 students due to COVID – 19 pandemic effects on parents and guidance and the economy.
The Prime Minister’s announcement will be received with thanks and a great relief for some students and parents who the COVID – 19 pandemic’s has greatly affected them financially.