Exam papers missing

Islands, Normal

The National, Tuesday December 17th, 2013


THE education department in Bougainville is investigating how Grade 8 examination papers from Tabago Primary School failed to reach Buka.

Bougainville Education Examinations officer James Salanin confirmed that the 32 Grade 8 students from Tabago Primary School were not selected to continue in Grade 9 next year because the examination papers were misplaced.

He said they went missing between the school and the education officer in Buka where marking was done. They were investigating the matter.

The students in Konnou, Buin, South Bougainville, will not be allowed to proceed to Grade Nine if the papers are not found.

Disappointed parents said they were caught by surprise during the school’s closing this week when one education officer announced that there were no records of Grade 8 results for Tabago Primary School at the education office.

The officer promised to investigate how this could have happened to a school that had been topping Grade Eight in past years.

Tabago Primary School continued to operate despite the on-going fights in the area.

Parent Francis Mona is calling on the Education office to immediately investigate this problem and include Tabago’s students in Grade 9.