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MP calls for Grade 8 and 10 Exams to be ruled out

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Markham MP, Koni Iguan, has raised concerns on the number of school dropouts in the country.

He told Parliament, the Grade 8 and 10 examinations are contributing factors to this, suggesting the Government to stop these exams and concentrate only on the Grade 12 exam.

“A lot of drop outs on the streets are because they are drop outs of grade 8 and 10. Can the Government and the Education Department plan to stop this,” Iguan said.

In response, Education Minister, Nick Kuman, said the Government is considering ruling out the exams and said they will concentrate on early childhood learning and grades 1 to 12.

“We will introduce the new reform 1-6-6. Elementary education will be ruled out, and we will concentrate on early childhood learning. But in order for this to happen, schools need to build their capacity,” Kuman said.

The Minister also appealed to every MP to put in funds to build all schools in the districts and provinces to cater for this reform where schools will have grades 1 to 12 only.

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