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.
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.
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.
Private schools will know how much more the state will be paying per student by the end of next week.
The schools which have an agreement with the education ministry to take in students after SEA exams are currently paid $1200 per student each term, the private institutions are now asking for $5700.
The sum has not been adjusted since 2005.
The education minister agrees that an increase is a fair request and has since forwarded the matter to cabinet.
Mr. Garcia said the matter is engaging the finance and general purpose committee.