Friday 25 September, 2020

SEA classes discontinued, PM announces

File photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

File photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) preparation classes will be discontinued from Thursday, 6 August.

However, the SEA exam will still be held on August 20.

The Prime Minister made the announcement while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Wednesday.

Dr Rowley stated that at least 11 schools were closed due to COVID-19 scares. He said nine children, including four SEA students, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

As it relates to the reopening of schools in September, he said the Government will monitor the situation and make a decision in the coming weeks.

"We are not going to make a change of that date today, but we will tell you that we will monitor it for another week or so. Based on what comes up during that period, we will confirm that date or review for a change. But as of now, we leave it the way it is and we look at what's going to happen between now and the next 10 days or thereabouts."

The Prime Minister also expressed disappointment over a call by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers' Association (TTUTA) for teachers to stay away from classes.

"When we say we are all in this together, we mean everybody. Any decision made is made for everybody. (And) it is not helpful if persons in leadership positions believe they are not going to accept what the country is doing because they are prepared to protect themselves better than everybody else, especially when we are not seeing that commitment by some people where it is required as the protocol to deal with the virus."

As of 10 am on Wednesday, T&T had recorded 197 COVID-19 cases. Three new cases were reported on Wednesday morning, all of which are pending epidemiological investigation.

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