Education Minister, Anthony Garcia says despite the decision by some private secondary schools to not accept students until the government settles debts owed to them, all students who sat the 2018 Secondary Entrance Assessment have been placed in schools.
The Minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that nine of the 12 private secondary schools have not accepted students this year.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia has mixed feelings about the 2018 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination results.
“If I am to be truthful it is really with mixed feelings. I am happy at the performance of most of our students. In fact, the great majority of our students have done exceptionally well,” Garcia said yesterday when asked if he was pleased with the students’ overall performance.
However, Garcia said he was a “bit concerned” with the 2,500 students who scored below 30 per cent in the test, promising to reduce the figures.
Two girls from the Chaguanas Government Primary School tied for third place in this year's SEA sitting.
They are Rebekah Macoon and Kavel Pereira.
Kavel will be going to Holy Faith Convent, Couva, and Rebekah will be heading off to St. Augustine Girls' High School.
A double victory for the Gandhi Memorial Vedic School today as the two top SEA students came from the school.
The top SEA student is Saiesh Ramersad and the 2nd place student is Jada Ramnath.
Both are students of Gandhi Memorial Vedic School.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia who visited the school this morning announcement that the two top students came from Gandhi Memorial Vedic was greeted with screams and applause as students, parents and teachers expressed their overwhelming joy at the announcement.
While thousands of students celebrate their Secondary Entrance Assessment results Wednesday, more than 2,500 pupils will face disappointment having scored below 30 per cent in the 2018 exam.
Statistics obtained by the Guardian show that overall, students scored the lowest this year in Mathematics than they did since 2010.
In Mathematics 58.8 per cent of pupils scored over 50 per cent for 2018.
For this decade, the highest Mathematics scores were recorded in 2011 and 2012 - 73.1 per cent in 2011 and 72. 4 per cent in 2012.
Joy mixed with sadness at the San Fernando Central Secondary School graduation and award ceremony yesterday, as a posthumous award was given in memory of Yayu Zhu, ten months after she perished in a blaze.
Zhu's father Dongcong Zhu and mother JinmeiXu (Mary) were not present to collect the award during the function which took place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in San Fernando.
Zhu who died on September 25 last year, was fondly called Ami by her classmates and teachers. She was honoured with the Student of the Year award.