The Secretary for Education, Dr. Michael Tapo, EdD has responded to an article titled, “Parents furious over Grade 12 selection” that appeared on The National, page 10 on 23/01/14. The article describes issues surrounding the 2013 Grade 12 students’ internal assessment marks for Busu Secondary School in Lae, Morobe Province that were alleged to have been sent late to the Measurement Services Branch of the Department of Education.
Dr. Tapo has appealed to all secondary school principals to strictly follow the Measurement Services Branch Calendar which is issued to all Primary and Secondary Schools at the beginning of each school year outlining when certain data is to reach the Branch. Any delay in the processing of Grade 10 and Grade 12 results and certification is largely due to inaccurate and late submission of student data by schools.
He reiterated that when schools do not submit data on time it delays the process of getting students’ results out in time for selections and certification. A single school can delay the whole process therefore schools must submit accurate data for every single student it nominates for examination and certification.
In addition, the Secretary for Education urged all school principals to ensure that internal (school-based) assessment is valid and reliable as these marks are calculated towards the final examination results. The internal marks and the examination marks have an equal weighting of fifty percent (50%) to generate the final results on the certificates that bear the Department of Education Secretary’s signature.
He stressed that a Grade 10 certificate is a prerequisite to Grade 12 and that students would use them for entry into tertiary institutions and job search in the future.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tapo thanked all the school principals and their teachers for their dedication and passion towards educating the young people of this country.
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