Students heading to the classrooms at Combermere to sit the 2022 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination. (M. Elcock/BGIS)

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training has expressed satisfaction at the way the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) was administered this morning across 21 secondary schools.

Chief Education Officer, Dr. Ramona Archer-Bradshaw, on a visit to Combermere School, at Waterford, St. Michael, prior to the start of the examination, stressed she was satisfied that the children seemed quite excited and ready and Ministry personnel had done a good job in the process.

Acknowledging that the team of administrators from the Ministry worked to ensure all was in place at all of the examination centres, she said: “I want to commend the team at the Ministry of Education because from early this morning they were there distributing the boxes and ensuring that the boxes got to the various centres on time.”

Approximately 3,300 students wrote today’s exam, and according to Dr. Archer-Bradshaw, about 90 of them made special requests of the Ministry.

Elaborating on this, she said some required large print; some required extra time; some required readers and others writers.  “So, about 90 students in all, across the island; we have just about 160 students who deferred writing the examination, so they will not be writing this year, but I am pretty happy with what I have seen so far.”

The work put in by class teachers did not go unnoticed by the Chief Education Officer, who stated: “I want to commend the teachers because they have put in a lot of work over the past two years, especially with the difficulties that we faced with the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the children are ready for today, and of course that they are ready to transition to the secondary school. And, I commend them for that. I am also commending the principals for providing the environment that is conducive to the learning of these children. So far, I am happy.”

Dr. Archer-Bradshaw was accompanied by Deputy Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, and Director of Education Reform, Dr. Idamay Denny.

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