Parents and guardians of children who will be taking the 2013 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) are being encouraged to attend at least one session in a series of town hall meetings on the BSSEE, which will begin on December 5.

An initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, the familiarisation sessions also target principals and teachers with the aim of sensitising all stakeholders to the processes involved in the administration of the examination, familiarly known as the Common Entrance Examination.

Senior Education Officer, Glyne Price and Education Officer, Everton Briggs, will conduct the sessions which are scheduled for various venues across the island. The two officers will, among other things, instruct persons on how to fill out the forms used in the BSSEE, including those for choice of school, deferral and special requests.

"It must be noted that year after year there are issues with the correct completion of the choice forms as it relates to the out-of-zone schools, so we urge parents to come and be guided by the presenters," said Mr. Briggs.

All meetings begin at 5:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 5, the first town hall meeting will take place at St. George Primary School, Glebe, St. George and Roland Edwards Primary, Battaleys, St. Peter.

The following day, Thursday, December 6, meetings will be held at Sharon Primary, Sharon, St. Thomas and West Terrace Primary, St. James.

Milton Lynch Primary, Water Street, Christ Church will be the venue for another meeting on Saturday, December 8, while on Sunday, December 9, George Lamming Primary School and Ignatius Byer Primary, Lowlands, St. Lucy will host similar sessions.

Mount Tabor, St. John will be the next stop for Ministry officials on Tuesday, December 11 and on Wednesday, December 12, the team will move to Grazettes Primary, Grazettes, St. Michael, and A. DaCosta Edwards Primary School, Belleplaine, St. Andrew.

Blackman and Gollop Primary,?? Staple Grove, Christ Church and St. Stephen’s Primary, St. Stephen’s Hill, Black Rock, St. Michael will be visited on Thursday, December 13.

Other schools where meetings will be held in December are: Princess Margaret Secondary School in Six Roads, St. Philip and St. Joseph Primary in Horse Hill, St. Joseph on Saturday, December 15; Bayley’s Primary, Merricks, St. Philip and St. Lucy Primary, Trents, St. Lucy on Sunday, December 16; and Eden Lodge

Primary in Eden Lodge, St. Michael and St. John’s Primary, Glebe, St. John on Wednesday, December 19.??

The town hall sessions on the Common Entrance Examination will culminate on Thursday, December 20, at the following schools: St. Bartholomew’s Primary, Parish Land, Christ Church and Cuthbert Moore Primary, St. Helen, St. George.

Parents and guardians have been urged by the Ministry of Education to attend any meeting at any location convenient to them.


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