Students in limbo over exams

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) is yet to confirm when it will release the results of the Samoa Secondary Leaving Certificate (S.S.L.C.) examinations that were convened in November and December last year.

Year 13 students sat for the exams in November last year but the measles epidemic and the subsequent declaration of the state of emergency led the closure of schools and colleges. 

The S.S.L.C. exams, which had only entered its first week last November, was deferred indefinitely that time at the peak of the health crisis. 

However, the Ministry rescheduled the exams to mid-December for those that were not done, leading to some disgruntled students drawing up a petition with 200 signatures to protest against the rescheduled exams.

Samoa Observer has been unable to get a confirmation from the Ministry on when the exam results will be made public. But it is understood M.E.S.C. Chief Executive Officer, Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata'i, resumes work next Monday and will be in a position to give an update.

The exams that were postponed and later held last December include Mathematics, Physics, Gagana Samoa, Agriculture, Development Studies, Health and Physical Education, Geography, Food and Textile Technology, and Music.

However, education officials say provisional results for the S.S.L.C. exams will be released January 11 as student enrollment at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) had been brought forward by a fortnight. 

In line with new laws introduced by the Government to combat the spread of measles, students enrolling at the university this year will be required to submit proof of vaccination as a new admission requirement.

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