Three thousand, five hundred and ten students will write this year???s Barbados Secondary Schools??? Entrance Examination (BSSEE) on Tuesday, May 5.
According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, this figure comprises 1,765 males and 1,745 females, who are registered to write the examination at 22 secondary schools across the island.
This year, 10 students have been granted permission to write the examination at an early age (10+). Last year the figure stood at nine. The Ministry has also reported that 157 students have made requests to be deferred from writing the BSSEE until 2016.
Forty-eight students have also been granted exemptions from writing next month???s examination. Additionally, there were 90 special requests made on behalf of students, primarily for extra time and enlarged print.
The BSSEE, usually referred to as the Common Entrance Examination or the 11 Plus, will also be taken this year by 175 non-nationals. These students have satisfied the immigration requirements.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has also advised that due to the sitting of the BSSEE at secondary schools across the island, there will be no school for students who attend these secondary schools.