By Mike Puia
FORMER Prime Minister and member of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Dr Derek Sikua, suggested the need to scrap out the form 7 school level.
Mr Sikua was speaking to staff of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) who appeared before PAC on Monday.
Sikua, Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal, said our education system only requires students to reach form 6 at secondary.
He said the form 7 level belongs to the University of the South Pacific (USP).
Sikua said should USP opened it campus here form 7 should be removed from our secondary schools.
“We should get rid of form 7 in our education system,” Sikua, a former Minister of education, said.
He said in this way resources used by form 7 in schools can be used by other forms.
Sikua said Form 7 is not practised in many countries.
The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, James Bosamata, said this is something the Ministry needs to look into.
According to Bosamata, the Ministry respects USP as it is a key learning institute that is taking in many of our local students.