Students Continue to Protest Against the Measure
The authorities will not change their decision pertaining to attendance rate and the payment of examinations fees. “The decision is final”, says the Minister of Education, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, in a statement to RadioPlus today afternoon, September 9.
The minister explains that students will have to abide by the regulations. Her decision will not be changed. According to her, a communiqué was issued in May 2016 to inform parents of the measure: students with attendance rates lower than 90% would have to pay for the examinations fees. Minister Dookun has appealed to parents to make their children understand that they should respect regulations.
Many groups of students, however, do not share this opinion. They have been asking for this rule to be lifted. Classes in several secondary educational institutions have been disturbed today as students have taken to protesting against the authorities’ decision. They argue that it is unjust for the government to extend the period during which their attendance has been recorded: they state that it was initially said that the 90% attendance rate would be applicable only for 7 months, from January 2016 to July 2016, while a new communiqué later mentioned the period to be from January 11 to September 9, 2016.
According to the MES, students not having 90% attendance rate will have to pay for the fees, or else they will not even be given their timetables.
This controversial matter has divided Mauritians into two broad groups: some think the stance of the authorities is laudable while others are of the opinion that it is blameworthy; the former, instead, blame students, as opposed to the latter.
It is to be noted that the examinations will be starting in less than a month’s time.