New external exam timetable for students in years 8, 12 and 13

Fiji’s Minister for Education Premila Kumar announced changes to the year’s external examination timetable across the board including that for year 13 students to make way for the country’s election on 14 December 2022, adding that it will not disrupt subject/curriculum coverage.

All of the exams have been moved between one day and a week forward to free up the day, which also means students close off the 2022 academic year two days early.

Year 8s external exams have been rescheduled to Friday 9 December ending on Tuesday 13 December, year 12s on Thursday 1 December to Tuesday 13 December, and year 13s will sit theirs on Monday, 28 November ending on Thursday 8 December.

“We will send these dates to all heads of schools to ensure a smooth implementation,” Ms. Kumar said.

“Under our strategic education framework, this term is designed to be a revision week where students go over various topics that they have learned during the year, this of course means that there will be no curriculum coverage issues impacting our students.”

The ministry she said also made allowances for schools to hold extra classes beyond the normal school hours for coverage and revision purposes.

The previous timetable had year eight students sitting their exams on Tuesday 13 December – Thursday 15 December, year 12s from Monday 5 December – Thursday 15 December, and year 13s from Tuesday 29 November to Friday 9 December.

Changes to the exam dates mean that schools will close on 13 December, ensuring that schools are vacated in time for election day since some will be used as polling stations.

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