The University of the West Indies (The UWI) will host a special virtual symposium today, to examine the future of the 11-plus examination system in the Caribbean.

The virtual symposium—titled “Will 11+ Selection and Placement Always Be A Part of Our Future?”—is being hosted by The UWI’s School of Education under the Faculty of Humanities and Education, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

According to a release from the UWI, members of the faculty will seek to answer several pertinent questions concerning the exam, which in Trinidad and Tobago began their life as the Common Entrance examination in the 1960s, before evolving into today’s Secondary Entrance Assessment Tests.

Among the questions the distinguished panel seeks to answer today are:

●  Does the examination model still fit into Caribbean society?  

●  Is the 11+ examination model fair?

●  Will alternative examination be applicable across the Caribbean?

●  What is the role of 11+ Selection and Placement in our future? 

The virtual symposium is being moderated by Dr. Krishna Seunarinesingh, Lecturer at the School of Education, FHE, UWI St. Augustine Campus, and Special Presenters include:

●  Dr. Heather Cateau – Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE), UWI St. Augustine Campus  

●  Dr. Jerome De Lisle – Director of the School of Education, FHE, UWI St. Augustine Campus 

●  Dr. Stephen Geofroy – School of Education Lecturer, FHE, UWI St. Augustine Campus 

●  Dr. Rita Pemberton – Department of History Lecturer, FHE, UWI St. Augustine Campus

●  Dr. Korinne Louison – School of Education Lecturer, FHE, UWI St. Augustine Campus 

●  Dr. Deon Edwards-Kerr – Senior Lecturer, FHE, UWI Mona Campus  

●  Dr. Marcia Pilgrim – Barbadian Educator 

●  Prof. Ghary Hornby – Professor Emeritus, University of Plymouth 

●  Dr. Tara Inniss – Lecturer and Deputy Dean, Department of History and Philosophy, FHE UWI Cave Hill Campus