Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education

Nineteen thousand standard five students returned to school today, in preparation for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Examination scheduled for August 20th.
According to the Ministry of Education, there was a high turnout of both students and teachers.

The following is a press release from the Ministry of Education:

Primary schools across Trinidad and Tobago successfully reopened this morning for more than nineteen thousand (19,000) Standard Five (5) students who are continuing preparations for their Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Examination scheduled for August 20th, 2020. The students and teachers returned to schools under strict health and safety guidelines after the closure of schools on March 13th, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Principals, School Supervisors and officials of other Divisions of the Ministry of Education have been working assiduously to prepare schools for the commencement of classes today, Monday July 20, 2020. Classrooms have been set up so that the physical distancing, as well as cleaning and sanitizing protocols are observed.

The statistics for the attendance of teachers and students are as follows:

· 100% attendance of Principals in the Education Districts.

· 100% attendance of teachers in the Caroni, St. Patrick, Port of Spain, South Eastern and St. George East Education Districts, while 99% in North Eastern and Victoria Education Districts.

· 93-95% attendance of students in the seven Education Districts.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to send their Standard Five (5) children to school to prepare for the upcoming SEA Examination, as their health and safety is assured. It is in the best interest of the students to take advantage of this opportunity.

The “Guidelines for the Reopening of Schools” were drafted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and were sent to principals. School Supervisors have also been visiting these schools to support principals in ensuring that all health protocols are observed.