education

Garcia knocks fake Maths SEA marks

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia on Mon­day de­nied that the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (CXC) has tak­en a de­ci­sion not to mark two ques­tions in the Math sec­tion of the 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am­i­na­tion.

He al­so re­fut­ed claims that the high­est score at­tained in the Maths test was 88 per cent, as re­port­ed on so­cial me­dia on Mon­day, stat­ing that such in­for­ma­tion was de­signed to cre­ate mis­chief and pan­ic among par­ents and stu­dents ahead of to­day’s open­ing of the new school term.

Garcia: Adequate time was given for students to prepare for SEA changes

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says students and teachers were given adequate time to prepare for the changes to this year's SEA examination.

This comes amid growing concern that some parts of the Mathematics section of the exams were not appropriate for Standard 5 students.

But in a statement issued Monday, the minister said the changes were made with sufficient time.

The following is the minister's statement.

Minister: Nothing was wrong with SEA Mathematics exam

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia says there was nothing wrong with the Mathematics section of the SEA examination and adds that the challenges faced by students should be "expected".

The Minister was addressing a question posed in Parliament today on the topic.

The question, asked by Caroni East MP, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, was: "Could the Minister indicate the consequences and remedial action required to be taken with respect to the concerns regarding the mathematical component of the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination papers on Thursday, April 04, 2019?"

Parents: Syllabus challenging for children

Af­ter months of study­ing and sac­ri­fice pupils in south Trinidad yes­ter­day ex­pressed re­lief and hap­pi­ness af­ter sit­ting the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment.

“I am very re­lieved and I feel very hap­py be­cause now I could get to do a lot of fun ac­tiv­i­ties with my fam­i­ly and friends,” said Tr­ish­na Sookdeo short­ly af­ter leav­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion room at Debe Hin­du Pri­ma­ry School.

Over 18,849 pupils sit SEA today

Some 18,849 stu­dents are ex­pect­ed to sit the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) in over 483 pri­ma­ry schools across the coun­try to­day.

The ex­am­i­na­tion com­pris­es fo­cus in two sub­ject ar­eas - Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics. This will be split in­to three pa­pers which all stu­dents must at­tempt - Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing, Math­e­mat­ics and Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts.

The math­e­mat­ics com­po­nent car­ries 100 marks, the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts 60 and the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing 40.

Call for end to publishing SEA results Garcia weighing options

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is still in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers to de­ter­mine whether they should stop pub­lish­ing the re­sults of the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA), which will come off to­mor­row, in lo­cal news­pa­pers. How­ev­er, some of these stake­hold­ers say they be­lieve it should not be pub­lished.

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