Public Report on the Discriminatory Criteria of the Vanuatu National Examinations Board for Admission to Year 7 - August 13, 1999 - Emalus Campus



Public Report on the Discriminatory Criteria of the Vanuatu National Examinations Board for Admission to Year 7 - August 13, 1999

99-13

This investigation was commenced to establish the facts about the criteria used by the Vanuatu National Examinations Board (“VNEB”) in selecting students from year 6 to year 7 and to determine whether its administrative practice is proper and just.

Due to the limited places available for students in Year 7, the Vanuatu National Examinations Board uses selection criteria to choose which students will pass from Year 6 to Year 7.  The current criteria are as follows :

·       Age (up to 14)

·       Number of repetitions

·       Marks in the National Primary Examination

    Number of places available

The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Constitution require that the available places in year 7 be given to students on the basis of equal opportunity.

The Vanuatu National Examinations Board unjustly discriminates on the basis of age in selecting students for year 7 in disallowing any child over the age of 14 from being considered for admission to year 7.  
Recommendation

·       That the Minister of Education and the Vanuatu National Examinations Board change the criteria for entry to year 7 so that admission is granted on merit only and not on the basis of age.

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Written by Edward R. Hill
UNDP Governance and Accountability Project
January, 2001
Van/97/001
© Ombudsman of Vanuatu
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