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Students and their parents in Tobago breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the students finally sat the rescheduled Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exams.

Bacolet resident Nicole Allen, whose son attends Scarborough Methodist School, said the extra time was beneficial to him.

Allen, a resident of Bacolet, said, “I feel confident with him, the last time when they were supposed to have it on the second of April, I was kind of timid with him but I know he is ready this time.”

Christiana Bernard-Bovell, of Mt Grace, thanked God the exams finally came.

“I’m glad it’s finally over because it was kind of stressful for my daughter. She wanted to do it in April but I had to explain to her, now is her time, so she was eager this morning, she was excited this morning and I want to wish everybody, all SEA students, good luck and I’m glad it’s over today and she can rest and reflect,” Bernard-Bovell said.

Union Village resident Jolene Charles thanked St Andrew’s Anglican Primary School principal Nicole Henry-Waldron for the support she provided to students. Charles said the Ministry of Education and THA Division of Education, Innovation and Energy now need to work hand in hand to ensure teachers are equipped with the right tools to do online teaching.

In a release, Secretary of the Division of Education Kelvin Charles said the exam was administered without incidents and 992 students, 507 boys and 485 girls, wrote it at 39 centres.

Unfortunately, one student tested positive for COVID-19 virus and two were identified as secondary contacts of positive patients, so they were placed in isolation or quarantine and could not sit the exam. Another, two students from two schools in east Tobago also did not turn up to write the exam yesterday. Charles said these students will do a make-up test at a later date.

Charles also urged all students to relax as they await their results.

“Play as many games as you wish, listen to your favourite music, have fun with your family but stay at home and be safe,” Charles said.