Students Not Meeting the Requirement Will Not Receive Their Time-Table
The Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES) stands by its decision: students to take the School Certificate (SC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations who do not meet the requirement of having 90% attendance rate will have to pay for the examination fees.
The new requirement was announced earlier this year, in April. The MES had explained that students with 90% attendance rate would not have to pay the fees. Conversely, those not meeting the requirement would not be exempted. Now, depending on the number of subjects, parents whose children have exceeded the acceptable number of absences will be having to pay between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 in a few days’ time. The deadline to make the payment, initially scheduled for September 7, has been extended to Friday, September 9.
It was announced last week that students not having the 90% attendance rate would not be given their timetable until they made the payment. This statement was followed by a request from rectors to extend the delay.
If the deadline is not met, the students concerned will still not obtain their timetable, according to a recent statement made by the Director of the MES, Brenda Thanacoody Soborun.
The president of the “Association des Recteurs et Assistant Recteurs“, Soondress Sawminaden, has spoken against the decision of the MES, explaining that they cannot ask parents to pay for the fees when the examinations are just days away, starting on September 21 and 22 (for HSC and SC respectively).
On the other hand, the decision of the MES has been well-received by others. For instance, the Government Secondary School Teachers Union says that Mauritians have been informed of these conditions earlier on. The association has also requested for the MES and the Ministry of Education to extend the deadline for the payment of the fees to the maximum so that students can sit the examinations.