education

Call for end to publishing SEA results Garcia weighing options

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is still in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers to de­ter­mine whether they should stop pub­lish­ing the re­sults of the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA), which will come off to­mor­row, in lo­cal news­pa­pers. How­ev­er, some of these stake­hold­ers say they be­lieve it should not be pub­lished.

18,849 to sit exams on April 4

A to­tal of 18,849 pupils across Trinidad and To­ba­go will be sit­ting the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment next week, a key ex­am­i­na­tion which will de­ter­mine their place­ment in the sec­ondary school sys­tem.

They will be­come the first group of stu­dents in eight years to write the ex­am dur­ing the sec­ond term of the aca­d­e­m­ic year. Usu­al­ly, the ex­am is held in the first two weeks of May. This year the ex­am will be held on April 4.

The ear­li­er ex­am will al­low ex­am­in­ers more time to cor­rect the pa­pers.

Guaranteed electricity for SEA says T&TEC

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) says it will activate a hotline to ensure that efficient electricity service is maintained at all Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) centres on the day of the examination, April 4th, 2019.

T&TEC has said in a statement that effective from 12 noon, April 3rd, and continuing until 3 pm on exam day, principals and supervisors can call or text the T&TEC hotline at 794-4823 or 794-7264 to report any disruption in their electricity service or any electrical safety concerns.

US Embassy seeks 7 students for youth ambassadors programme

The US Embassy has opened applications for the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Programme.

The embassy says it is looking for seven students between the ages 15-18 years and one adult mentor to participate in the three-week exchange programme from August 8-26, in the US.

The Youth Ambassadors programme is funded by the US Department of State and implemented by US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago.

The deadline for applications is midnight, April 15, 2019.

UWI South Campus ready by September

The Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies’ South Cam­pus in Debe will be open from Sep­tem­ber of this year.

This was an­nounced by UWI St Au­gus­tine Cam­pus Prin­ci­pal Bri­an Copeland at the an­nu­al UWI St Au­gus­tine Cam­pus Coun­cil Meet­ing on Tues­day.

“The cam­pus is al­most ready, you will see us open­ing our doors in Sep­tem­ber,” said Copeland.

He said while most peo­ple dri­ving along the Debe high­way would see un­fin­ished build­ings, the key struc­tures were near­ing com­ple­tion.

Fifth Company Baptist School closed following suspected meningitis death

A medical team comprising two medical doctors, two public health officials, three nurses from the Indian Walk Health Facility and other medical personnel, visited the Fifth Company Baptist School today, where they met stakeholders, parents, teachers and students and shared information on what is being done to ensure that the compound remains safe for occupation.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis also attended the meeting with the medical team and stakeholders.

5-year-old student dies of suspected case of meningitis

A 5-year-old student who died of suspected meningitis has forced the Ministry of Education to shut down and sanitize a primary school. 

The Education Ministry confirmed its actions today and the child's death.

It said the child who is a student of Fifth Company Baptist Primary was hospitalized at San Fernando General on March 11.

Five days later, the father of the infant one student informed the school about the death of his daughter.  

However, the ministry says the cause of death will only be determined after the autopsy.

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