Following the announcement of the Ministry of Education indicating that SC and HSC students not having at least 90% attendance rate will have to pay for the examinations fees, groups of students have spoken against the measure. They are now rallying support to have this decision of the authorities nullified.
The Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES) issued a communiqué on September 2 to inform rectors of colleges that students not having at least 90% attendance rate would have to pay the fees. The deadline to make the payment has been scheduled for the end of October. Students, however, are not pleased with this decision. A group of them gathered today, September 8, to demand that the authorities lift this penalty. Some of them argue that the ministry has not adequately communicated the regulations to them.
These students (from the organisation Students Rights) have gone a step further, demanding the resignation of the Minister of Education, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun. They did so today, during a press conference. The organisation also looks forward to a peaceful demonstration on September 15 to protest against the authorities’ new measure. They have also deplored the incidents having occurred in some colleges.
It is to be noted that acts of vandalism were carried out in Basdeo Bissoondoyal College yesterday, September 7, in attempts to stop the authorities from maintaining their decision. Vehicles, including one belonging to the police force, were damaged.