SEA

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.

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.

Education Minister says increase in private school funds fair request

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. 

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