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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

FIJI SEVENTH FORM EXAMINATION

2010

ENGLISH

COPYRIGHT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, REPUBLIC OF THE FIJI ISLANDS

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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION FIJI SEVENTH FORM EXAMINATION 2010 ENGLISH EXAMINER’S REPORT

INTRODUCTION It is my privilege to present the above report for 2010. First of all, I would like to thank the form seven teachers of English for all the good teaching they had given to their students that had resulted in the vast improvement in the performance of the students as a whole. However, there are still some teachers who still need to work extra harder with their students in order to improve their basics in all the components of this language. For example, the word I is always written in capital but some students wrote this word with a small letter. This resulted with those students being penalised for style, similarly for the word European being written with a small e. Outlined below, is the analysis of each section.

QUESTION 1 1. 2. The favourite was question (e) and most who attempted this question did quite well. Question (b) was the second favourite, unfortunately, most did not focus on the sources but were just too busy discussing water borne diseases and how water in being polluted. Question (c) was the third favourite and most students who attempted this Question showed mature insight or deep understanding of the topic. Question (f) was the fourth favourite and it was pleasing to note that quite a number tried their best to involve every citizen according to their understanding of their environment. Questions (a) and (d) were the least chosen which showed the lack of knowledge for both of the topics.

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GENERAL OVERVIEW (a) A very commendable effort on planning, introduction, conclusion and paragraphing. On the other hand, a good number did not follow their plans too.

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A lot of students just merely rewrote the topic as their introduction and/or conclusion. This is totally unacceptable, thus the importance of teaching this skill. The same also applies in the literature essays.

Teaching the basics of the English language just cannot be over emphasised as this has been a major setback for many students of form seven. There has been a little improvement over the years.

COMMON MISTAKES (a) (d) (e) (f) Students were still making general statements, for example, and so on, and many more Still using conjunctions as sentence beginners, for example, And, Also, But. Still using abbreviations, for example, etc. and for eg. Incomplete sentences and a good many students just cannot construct a single sentence correctly. While there are several good paragraph beginners found in the text “English the basics …….” too many students still come up with moving on and conjunctions. Students must regularly keep referring to the topic that they are writing about and treat every word in the topic as important so as to avoid being off the topic. The usage of too many personal pronouns was quite common among students hence turning expository writing into personal writing and students had to pay dearly for this. It is very important that students have to be taught again the skills of expository writing when they enter into form seven because too many still have no knowledge at all even at this stage. Reading widely and watching educational programmes on TV/websites/DVDs are still very much encouraged. Students should become more and more knowledgeable by the day.

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QUESTION 2 (a) Letter writing is still a problem generally, many who attempted this question still do not know the basics. For example, writing Yours sincerely instead of Yours faithfully, for introduction, I‟d like you to be our Chief Guest instead of requesting. The ending of the letter should have been, Yours faithfully (signature here) Titus Deoki or Sera Wong

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Nothing more should have been added. You only change the format if CDU informs you to do so...
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