PM Rowley: Govt open to viable alternatives to SEA

PM Rowley: Govt open to viable alternatives to SEA

It’s a decades long debate in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean countries. The issue of the Secondary Entrance Assessment Or SEA examination, which determines placement of the nation’s primary school students into secondary schools.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, speaking at government’s Spotlight on Education on Thursday night, called on experts to put forward their suggestions on what alternative method can be used to place children in secondary schools, as he acknowledged the ongoing criticism of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.

Dr Rowley outlined government’s committtment to educating the countries young people for decades since independence, however, noted that a change from the SEA is not as easy as it may seem to some.

The PM asked the question: “do we want any of those systems? Can we tolerate any of those systems? Can we fund those systems? Can we accept those systems in a plural society? So if we are talking about changing from SEA and it must be changed to something else, what is the something else? Let that be the conversation. I want to hear that. And I’m anxious to hear what the options are coming from the experts,”

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