In an attempt to sensitise parents/guardians and some teachers to the processes involved in the administration of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE), the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will host a series of town hall meetings beginning this weekend.

The sessions, which will be held at various venues across the island, will be used to explain, among others, how to fill out the several forms utilised in the BSSEE, including those for ???choice of school’, ???deferral’ and ???special requests’.

Senior Education Officer, Glyne Price, noting that last year’s sessions were well received, said: "We have embarked on this programme because it was recognised that many parents are not familiar with the correct procedures for taking this examination.

"For example, parents cannot just make a request for a child, who may have a problem, to be given extra time in the exam. Parents must first fill out a special request form which must then be accompanied by some medical justification."

The town hall meetings will start this weekend at Christ Church Girls’ School on Saturday, January 8, at 4:30 p.m. The other venues and times are: Roland Edwards Primary School on Sunday, January 9, at?? 4:00 p.m.; West Terrace Primary School on Wednesday, January 12, at 5:00 p.m.; Sharon Primary School on Thursday, January 13, at 5:00 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Primary School on Saturday, January 15, at 4:30 p.m.; St. Joseph Primary School?? on Sunday, January 16, at 4:00 p.m.; St. Stephen’s Primary School on Wednesday, January 19, at 5:00 p.m.; Harrison College on Thursday, January 20, at 5:00 p.m., Princess Margaret Secondary on Saturday, January 22, at 4:30 p.m.; and St. John’s Primary School on Sunday, January 23, at 4:00 p.m.

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