education

Ministry introduces SEA framework

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­tro­duced a pol­i­cy frame­work gov­ern­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am— with spe­cial em­pha­sis be­ing fo­cused on the Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics cur­ricu­lum guides of 2013.

In 2013, the Pri­ma­ry Cur­ricu­lum Rewrite (PCR) was com­plet­ed es­tab­lish­ing a mod­ern ap­proach that pur­pose­ful­ly pulls to­geth­er knowl­edge, skills, at­ti­tudes and val­ues from all sub­ject ar­eas to de­vel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of fun­da­men­tal ideas.

Parents divided on Garcia’s SEA stress comments

The SEA Par­ent Sup­port Group is di­vid­ed on whether or not par­ents re­al­ly are the ones to blame for plac­ing “stress” on the shoul­ders of the stu­dents writ­ing the ex­am.

Re­spond­ing to claims by Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion An­tho­ny Gar­cia that par­ents are the ones re­spon­si­ble, Resh­ma Ra­moutar-Ack­bar­ali said, “I to­tal­ly dis­agree.”

Ministry reports rise in SEA self-harm cases

In the build-up to this year’s Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am­i­na­tion, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Di­vi­sion record­ed a 20 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of re­quests it re­ceived for help deal­ing with stu­dents with men­tal health is­sues, such as en­gag­ing in self-harm, self-mu­ti­la­tion, and at­tempt­ed sui­cide.

Garcia to submit 2019 SEA report to Cabinet today

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia is ex­pect­ed to sub­mit an in­ter­im re­port to Cab­i­net con­tain­ing a pre­lim­i­nary analy­sis of the 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) re­sults.

Al­though he will not be pre­sent­ed with a copy of the of­fi­cial re­sults un­til ear­ly to­mor­row morn­ing, Gar­cia is not an­tic­i­pat­ing any sur­pris­es when it is an­nounced.

Teacher waiting nine years for outstanding gratuity

It has been ten years since In­drani Ma­haraj-Man­wah re­tired from the teach­ing ser­vice.

And it’s now nine years she has been wait­ing on the full sum of the gra­tu­ity promised to her.

On Sep­tem­ber 17, 2010, the for­mer Eng­lish/French teacher re­ceived a let­ter from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry say­ing she has been ap­proved for a gra­tu­ity of $208,240.88.

To this date, Ma­haraj-Man­wah said she on­ly got around $80,000.

Over 700 more teachers trained to integrate ICT in teaching

A new group of 735 secondary school teachers from 77 schools in Trinidad and seven schools in Tobago have successfully completed the Ministry of Education’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Professional Development Programme.

The training is to empower teachers of all subject areas with the competencies to integrate ICT into their teaching and learning methodologies.

Teachers were awarded the Level II - Knowledge Deepening Certification at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

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