The top ten Tobago Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students, their parents, teachers and principals were treated to breakfast and awards by Chief Secretary and Secretary of Education, Innovation and Energy, Kelvin Charles on Tuesday at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort.
Charles applauded the teachers and principals and said he hoped the results will motivate them to maintain the performance and gain no fewer than three students in the top 200 in 2020.
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles has cleared the air on statements he made concerning Tobago’s 2019 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) results.
On June 28, when the results were released, Charles said Tobago’s students’ performances were “historic” as three were among the nation’s top 200.
His statements were met with scepticism and persons cited recent performances of students which placed them among the nation’s top 200.
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.
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.
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.
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.