In light of the alarming surge in COVID19 cases throughout the country, the Ministry of Education is offering parents of students who are soon to sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination (SEA), the option to defer the exam until 2022.
Students are due to write the SEA examination on June 10th.
The deferral proposal was revealed via a 2-page memo from the MOE’s Chief Education Officer, which had been circulated to school supervisors and principals.
Education Minister, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, confirmed that the memo was legitimate.
The memo states: “The Ministry of Education is cognizant of the challenges experienced by students preparing to sit the SEA 2021, and having consulted with key Educational Stakeholders, has decided to offer the option to apply for a deferral of the sitting of the SEA from 2021 to 2022.”
Parents are being asked to submit a written request to the principal of the school stating the reason for the request for deferral. If it is based on medical reasons, supporting documentation must accompany the request.
The requests will be reviewed by class teachers along with principals who have been asked to consider project class size in 2022 when determining the requests.
Principals will then submit the number of requests for deferrals to the district office by May 17, following which school supervisors would be collating the information which would be sent to the Chief Education Officer by May 21.
The Ministry of Education will also be allowing students from Infant 1 to Standard 4, who have been affected academically by the closure of in-person classes, to repeat their present class level in the 2021 to 2022 academic year, after consultation with parents and guardians.