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.
Six months after the unexpected drowning of commercial air diver Chevonne Bartholemew, his only son, Zion Bartholemew, has excelled at the Secondary Entrance Assessment exams.
Bartholemew, a student of Christian Primary Academy, passed for North Eastern College, his father's alma mater. It was a bitter-sweet moment for Zion as he hugged his mother Pete-Ann Bartholemew, after collecting his results at the school on Thursday.
Education Minister, Anthony Garcia says despite the decision by some private secondary schools to not accept students until the government settles debts owed to them, all students who sat the 2018 Secondary Entrance Assessment have been placed in schools.
The Minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that nine of the 12 private secondary schools have not accepted students this year.