SUSPENSION POSSIBLE: Dr Tim Gopeesingh

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Gopeesingh, principals meetto discuss new SEA format

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com  

THE National Primary Schools Principals' Association (NAPSPA) will today meet with Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh and other organisations to discuss the Continuous Assessment Component (CAC) of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA).

President of NAPSPA Lynsley Doodhai in a press release issued on Monday stated that there were problems with the implementation of the CAC, which was to begin this school term.

She said when NAPSPA met with Gopeesingh in May, he stated that "if all the resources for the implementation of CAC were not in the schools by September 2012, then the CAC would be suspended."

The meeting is expected to take place at Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School, McBean, Couva.

In March, Gopeesingh announced that pupils will be assessed during the school terms, and those marks will form a percentage of the SEA examination results. Pupils in the Fourth and Fifth Standards will be assessed.

For Standard Five pupils writing the exam next year, 20 per cent of the SEA mark will be taken from tests in the areas of physical education and sports, visual and performing arts, morals, values, ethics, etiquettes, citizenry development and character development and agri-science, health and family life education. 

Areas of concern listed in the release included, "...no training of principals to effectively supervise and monitor the programme, no official communication from the Ministry of Education, with respect to changes in the programme and the new times lines involved, some schools are still to receive resources for the creative writing component which is supposed to carry 20 per cent of the marks towards SEA 2013, timeliness for the creative writing component have been pushed back."

According to the statement, "Principals cannot communicate with parents because principals were left out of the entire process; promised monitoring of teachers by personnel from the Curriculum Division of the Ministry of Education is yet to be implemented; promised resources for the implementation of the Standard Four component, including storage space, is yet to be implemented; promised training for OJTs sent to schools to assist with recording data for CAC is yet to be implemented."

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