Concern in Tonga about validity of 2015 exam results

The validity of the of last years’ Tonga National Form Seven Certificate (TNFSC) examination results is being widely challenged.

A leaked government report on a rushed reform of Tonga’s education system in 2015 reveals confusion and concern within the Ministry and raises questions about the validity of the examination results.

It says because of the sudden changes to examination unit staff along with the repetitive transfer of the Chief Education Officer, the examination preparation operations were affected and the much-needed analysis was not performed.

Consequently, the TNFSC examination papers were not pre-standardised.

The official final examination results were released to heads of non-government schools and principals of government schools on Friday 15 January.

After the official release of the exam results, various flaws in the processing procedures were identified in the TFSC Physics, Visual Art, Geography and Fine Art results.

A total of 321 students from Form 5, 6, 7, have appealed their 2015 results (compared to 118 the previous year).

The report apparently upset the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and it has not been officially released.

The report highlighted the involvement of the Prime Minister’s son, Siaosi Pohiva and Piveni Piukala in the processing of the end of the year examination results for Tonga School Certificate (TSC), Tonga Form Six Certificate (TFSC) and Tonga National Form Seven Certificate (TNFSC).


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