education

Ministry: Only 3 of over 800 schools did not reopen today

The Ministry of Education says that the final term of the 2018/2019 academic year has begun with the successful opening of almost all schools across Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the ministry said that of the over 800 primary and secondary schools and ECCE Centres nationwide, three schools were unable to resume classes today.

On Thursday 18th April, a fire broke out on an electrical pole at the Princes Town Presbyterian # 1 & 2 Schools resulting in the damage of heavy-duty electrical cables causing emergency electrical works to be effected.

Garcia knocks fake Maths SEA marks

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia on Mon­day de­nied that the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (CXC) has tak­en a de­ci­sion not to mark two ques­tions in the Math sec­tion of the 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am­i­na­tion.

He al­so re­fut­ed claims that the high­est score at­tained in the Maths test was 88 per cent, as re­port­ed on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day, stat­ing that such in­for­ma­tion was de­signed to cre­ate mis­chief and pan­ic among par­ents and stu­dents ahead of to­day’s open­ing of the new school term.

Garcia: Adequate time was given for students to prepare for SEA changes

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says students and teachers were given adequate time to prepare for the changes to this year's SEA examination.

This comes amid growing concern that some parts of the Mathematics section of the exams were not appropriate for Standard 5 students.

But in a statement issued Monday, the minister said the changes were made with sufficient time.

The following is the minister's statement.

Minister: Nothing was wrong with SEA Mathematics exam

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia says there was nothing wrong with the Mathematics section of the SEA examination and adds that the challenges faced by students should be "expected".

The Minister was addressing a question posed in Parliament today on the topic.

The question, asked by Caroni East MP, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, was: "Could the Minister indicate the consequences and remedial action required to be taken with respect to the concerns regarding the mathematical component of the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination papers on Thursday, April 04, 2019?"

Parents: Syllabus challenging for children

Af­ter months of study­ing and sac­ri­fice pupils in south Trinidad yes­ter­day ex­pressed re­lief and hap­pi­ness af­ter sit­ting the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment.

“I am very re­lieved and I feel very hap­py be­cause now I could get to do a lot of fun ac­tiv­i­ties with my fam­i­ly and friends,” said Tr­ish­na Sookdeo short­ly af­ter leav­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion room at Debe Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School.

Over 18,849 pupils sit SEA today

Some 18,849 stu­dents are ex­pect­ed to sit the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) in over 483 pri­ma­ry schools across the coun­try to­day.

The ex­am­i­na­tion com­pris­es fo­cus in two sub­ject ar­eas - Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics. This will be split in­to three pa­pers which all stu­dents must at­tempt - Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing, Math­e­mat­ics and Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts.

The math­e­mat­ics com­po­nent car­ries 100 marks, the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts 60 and the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing 40.

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