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Tribal Fights see Students withdraw from sitting National Exams

By Staycey Yalo

About 300 Grade 10 students in Kandep High school of Enga Province have withdrawn from school recently to avoid sitting the 2017 National Exams.

Governor for the province, Peter Ipatas, said the students have not been given a chance to learn since the beginning of the year due to election related fights in the area.

Ipatas disagreed that the students’ be moved to Grade 11 next year based on their internal marks, as the case in Simbu and Southern Highlands Provinces.

“Students must not be rushed onto another level without being tested honestly about what they have learnt,” He said.

If the National Education Board agrees on the move, Ipatas said both parents and the provincial government will have to chip in and meet the cost for the fees.

He added that the province has the facility to cater for extra grade 10’s if need be.

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