The Ministry of Education is having issues attracting supervisors and testers for the fast approaching Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA), which is carded for July 1st.
With the Covid19 cases and death count high, but slowly on the decline, those in the education sector, who would have been open to testing and supervising the exam are not keen to risk contracting the disease and have not offered their services.
As a result, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, in an interview with the Newsday, said “The opportunity has been opened up to secondary school teachers to volunteer as SEA testers.”
She said, “Getting teachers to volunteer for SEA administration is annually difficult and made a bit more so this year because of the COVID situation, even though those registered to work have been offered vaccination.”
Cabinet was forced to accept a recommendation last year to offer a stipend to the different categories of invigilators, which included Assessment Supervisors who received $500 per day; Assistant Assessment Supervisors who received $450 per day; and Testers who received $400 per day.