A total of 3,968 students will write this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) on Tuesday, May 7, as compared with 3,961 in 2012 and 3,811 in 2011.

According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, this figure comprises 2,040 males and 1,928 females, who are registered to write the examination at 22 secondary schools across the island.

This year, 14 students have requested permission to write the examination at an early age (that is at 10+).?? Last year, the figure stood at 11.

The Ministry has also reported that 128 students have made requests to be deferred from writing the BSSEE until 2014. This figure comprises 96 registered students in Class 3 and 32 from Class 4.

Twenty-three students have also been granted exemptions from writing the examination as compared with 12 in 2012. There were also 108 special requests made by students primarily for extra time, enlarged print and a break for snacks.??

The BSSEE, usually referred to as the Common Entrance Examination or the 11-Plus, will also be taken this year by 204 non-nationals as compared with122 in 2012. These students have satisfied the immigration requirements.??


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