39,000-plus students to sit LANA exams this week

More than 39,000 students in years five and seven across Fiji will this week attempt their Literacy and Numeracy assessment, the first after a lapse of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the 39,398 students to sit their LANA exams on Tuesday and Wednesday this week are students from two special schools.

“The Ministry recognises the importance of Literacy and Numeracy in students’ performance in different subjects at school. Ministry’s focus on literacy and numeracy in early primary years will ensure academic success for students in later years,” Minister for Education Premila Kumar said.

 “While I extend my best wishes to all Year 5 and 7 students for LANA, I am calling upon each and every parent or guardian of Year 5 and Year 7 students to provide the necessary support to the students as they sit for LANA.”

 This year, a total of 19,673 Year 5 and 19,725 Year 7 students will sit for LANA at 719 centres.

The ministry advises parents and guardians that LANA analysis will be used as a diagnostic tool to provide feedback to students, and teachers, and these skills are at risk of not being able to participate in the workforce or individuals without engaging fully in social and civic life parents on students’ learning progress. It is expected that based on the feedback, various interventions can be used to improve students’ basic skills of communication and calculations needed in our day-to-day living.

Heads of Schools are reminded to ensure that the LANA assessment is conducted as scheduled and is in line with the stipulated guidelines.

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