Saturday 28 November, 2020

‘So far, so good’, SEA runs smoothly in T&T

Students of Ghandi Memorial Vedic Primary School who just sat the SEA exam.

Students of Ghandi Memorial Vedic Primary School who just sat the SEA exam.

By all initial accounts, the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) was able to go off today without a hitch.  

Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby Dolly spoke at the Ghandi Memorial Vedic Primary School where she reminded the children that she and, by extension the government, are proud of all the students who braved the circumstances to sit the exam. 


She also reported that everything seems to have gone well today despite the COVID-19 complications. 


“The children were all very happy and excited to write the exam. Some of them expressed a little nervousness, which is normal but the overwhelming sense was that they were ready for the exam and they were happy that it was actually happening,” she said. 

She said that at all three schools that she visited today with her Junior Minister, Lisa Morris-Julian, they seemed well prepared to have the exam within the COVID-19 guidelines. 

“We went into the rooms to see how they arranged the room in terms of spatial distancing, to understand the protocols that it took to ensure the safety of the children,” she said. 

In Tobago, Gadsby Dolly says there was one incident where a child couldn’t sit the exam after testing positive for COVID-19. The Tobago House of Assembly added that a total of five children didn’t write the exam; three of them are reportedly in quarantine while two others just didn’t turn up. All students will be accommodated in a makeup exam, in consideration for the pandemic. 

She says that reports regarding incidents at other schools may come in later on, but she was glad that she had a generally successful first day on the job. 

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