Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Sick SEA students told to stay home, will be given make-up exam

Any student sitting the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam on Thursday exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be refused entry.

The advice was given in health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education as it told parents to keep children with such symptoms at home.

The Ministry assured a make up test would be available to students who are absent but provided no additional details on the administration of the stand-in exam.

The Ministry’s guidelines also outlined the COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place on exam day.

Students are required to wear masks (covering the nose and mouth) and will be screened upon entry to the school compound for COVID-related symptoms.

Given that students exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed in, parents are expected to ensure that their children are admitted to the school compound before leaving.  

Parents are asked to drop students off no later than 7.45 am to facilitate screening and reception of students ahead of the examination, which begins promptly at 8.30 am.

Parents must return for their children promptly after the exam from around 1 pm. Parents of children with concessions are advised to return at 1.30 pm.

The Ministry issued a reminder that congregating in or around school compounds is prohibited.

Other established protocols including washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitiser, maintaining a physical distance of six feet apart and cleaning and sanitising of surfaces will be in effect.

A total of 19,344 students across Trinidad and Tobago will write the SEA exam.

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