More criticism over the Government’s decision regarding this year’s SEA examinations…this time from Tabaquite MP, Anita Haynes.
At a recent Education stakeholder meeting, the consensus was that the exam be postponed to no later than the planned end of the school term, so as to allow students at least 1 month of face-to-face classes prior to the exam.
However, with the recent increase in COVID cases, there is seemingly no hope of a rollback in current measures which bar face to face classes.
The Ministry of Education last week indicated therefore that the exam will go ahead as planned, but did offer parents the opportunity for children to defer writing the exam until 2022.
This has led once again to questions over the future of the exam with TTUTUA President Antonia De Freitas last week questioning if it was even necessary given the circumstances.
Haynes, who is also the Shadow Education Minister, shares a similar sentiment.
Describing the Government’s approach to criticisms as disingenuous, she reminded persons that continuous assessment was an option which the Government has failed to implement despite the groundwork being laid.
Speaking at the Opposition’s weekly media briefing yesterday she acknowledged the establishment of an education review committee to examine the future of SEA and the concordat but said a more proactive approach would have meant a more agile response to the current circumstances.