Minister of Education Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says there were no major disruptions during the Secondary Entrance Assessment exam today. The Minister of Education said that “It has been an uncertain time for our students because they have not been in school since March 2020, and so we at the Ministry are very happy to have the exams completed. The following is a press release from the Ministry of Education:

Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education has said “the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) 2021 Examinations held today, Thursday 1st July 2021, was implemented without any major disruptions.” This after monitoring the day’s operations subsequent to her two school visits before the 8:30 am start of the examinations, where she took the opportunity to wish the students well.

Minister Gadsby-Dolly, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Lenor Baptiste – Simmons and Chief Education Officer, Lisa Henry David, visited the San Juan Seventh Day Adventist Primary and the Tranquility Government Primary Schools.

Speaking with the media after visiting Tranquility Government Primary School, Dr. Gadsby – Dolly expressed gratitude on behalf of the students that the Ministry of Education was able to conduct the exams, despite the many challenges posed by COVID 19.  “It has been an uncertain time for our students because they have not been in school since March 2020; and so we at the Ministry are very happy to have the exams completed. I want to thank the staff at the Ministry of Education.

SEA is a huge undertaking, it’s a mammoth task and in this environment, it was a lot more difficult. I want to thank the staff for bringing us to this point. Our teachers, the students, the parents all deserve kudos for exhibiting resilience and ensuring we can have the exams.” 

This year, a total of nineteen thousand, six hundred and fifty-one (19,651) students registered to write the examinations, with nine thousand, nine hundred and four (9,904) males and nine thousand, seven hundred and forty-seven (9,747) females. In Tobago, one thousand, and sixty-four (1,064) candidates registered while eighteen thousand, five hundred and eighty-seven (18,587) candidates registered in Trinidad. There are five hundred and twelve (512) private candidates.

This year, approximately four hundred (400) Special Needs students benefitted from concessions such as extra time, Sign Language Interpretation, large print or Braille scripts, preferential seating, provision of a writer or reader, among other forms of academic support. 

According to Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby – Dolly, Minister of Education, “from all reports the examinations were conducted with no major hiccups, and I would like to thank all principals, teachers, monitors, School Supervisors, the NMTS, the Ministry of Health and our very own MoE District Health Unit and support staff for their roles in the implementation of the SEA 2021 Examinations.