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Friday 14 August, 2020

MSJ leader: SEA students at disadvantage with schools’ March closure

Students who are due to sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination on August 20 may not be well-prepared to write the placement test.

Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah expressed the concern while speaking on a political platform on Tuesday night.

Abdulah said several children would have been left at a serious disadvantage in terms of preparation when schools were closed prematurely in March.

He said many would have been without access to computers or other devices and Wi-Fi to continue their learning during the period schools were closed.

“There were some children when school closed in … March, there were some who may not have had access to Wi-Fi, or data, or a laptop, or a tablet or even a smartphone with which the teacher could have communicated with them.

Those children who didn’t have that are at a disadvantage compared to other children who had everything and whose parents could have sent them to extra lessons by Zoom.”

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

Considering the setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exam will be held on August 20 to allow for the Form One intake to enter secondary school without losing the full first term of the new academic year.

Students sitting the exam will not be required to wear masks, however, physical distancing will be in effect.

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