26 Jan 2011

Cook Islands officials apologise for missing exam papers

4:06 pm on 26 January 2011

Missing examination papers for Cook Islands students have now been found, with the Ministry of Education taking full responsibility and apologising for the loss.

The Ministry said last week that the papers for the external achievement standards in Information Management had gone astray but today announced that they have been located.

The New Zealand Qualification Authority verified this morning that one box of examination papers had not reached their office in Wellington and after a further internal investigation in the Cook Islands, the papers were found.

The Cook Islands Ministry of Education says it extends its sincere apologies to the students of Tereora, Nukutere and Araura Colleges who have been affected by this.

It is working with NZQA to ensure that students now receive the appropriate credits for these examinations which will be included in their final confirmed results.

The Secretary of Education, Sharyn Paio, says that this issue is being handled internally and that a full review is being undertaken to ensure such a situation never arises again.