Thursday 2 July, 2020

Gopeesingh: Blame Anthony Garcia for SEA hiccup

Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh issued a statement today, calling for Education Minister Anthony Garcia to be held responsible for the “reckless” errors in the Language Arts and Mathematics papers of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.

His comment comes as the Education Ministry revealed that three questions would not be marked in both the Mathematics and English Examination papers which were written on Thursday, due to error.

The former Education Minister noted that Garcia has direct and total responsibility for the education sector in Trinidad and Tobago and cannot pass the buck to a regional institution.

Dr Gopeesingh said the errors have added further stress to the 18,240 primary school students and raised burning questions about the integrity of the examination process.

He recalled that Minister Garcia, on the eve of the examination, assured the public that everything was in place for a “smooth running” of the test.

The Caroni East MP said Minister Garcia must apologise to the students for this blunder and must launch a full and complete investigation into the obvious and critical failure of the Ministry’s officials who serve at the CXC.

He said “this foul-up is the latest in a series under Mr. Garcia’s watch, which has served to undermine and otherwise negatively impacted the education sector in Trinidad and Tobago.”

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