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Type Conference Paper - Presented at the Suva Institute for Educational Research
Title The influence of home background variables on the achievement of Fijian and Indian students
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1984
URL http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=
The Problem

The overall results of the Fiji Junior Certificate (FJC) examination for fourth form students since 1975 have shown that Fijian students perform as well as Indian students at this level. However, results of the higher examinations such as New Zealand School Certificate and New Zealand University Entrance, have shown that Fijian students achieve less well than their Indian counterparts. The Fijians' high rate of underachievement beyond the FJC level has caused much concern for many educators because they believe that, if the rate of achievement for both ethnic groups is similar at the FJC level, then, in theory, it should also be similar, at least, at NZSC level. As it is, the differential in achievement between the two groups is very pronounced.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study was twofold:
1. to investigate the achievement dilemma stated above, and
2. to explore the possible factors that might explain the differences in achievement between the two ethnic groups.

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