As the final term in the 2009/2010 school year draws to a close, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has once again organised summer school programmes for selected students at both the primary and secondary levels.??

One of the objectives of these interventions is to assist students in improving their knowledge and skills in core subject areas.?? In addition, this exercise is also intended to boost students’ self esteem and to enhance their interpersonal skills.

Students at both public and private primary schools who were granted a deferral from this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination will be offered a well-rounded programme at the George Lamming Primary School.?? They will receive tutoring in Language Arts, Mathematics and Reading, as well as engage in such extracurricular activities as drumming, stilt walking, basketry and indoor games.

Summer School for primary students is scheduled to start on Monday, July 5, and will finish with a closing ceremony on Thursday, July 29.?? Daily activities will commence at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.??

Parents and guardians of deferred students, who have not yet registered their children or wards for Summer School are urged to do so before Friday, July 2.?? They may do so by contacting the Curriculum and Assessment Unit of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.??

At the secondary level, students who are in need of additional support in mastering core subjects will have the opportunity to use a part of their summer holiday to improve in those areas.??

Classes for this group of students will be offered at five centres.?? These are: The Alexandra School, Speightstown, St. Peter; Ellerslie Secondary, Black Rock, St. Michael; Christ Church Foundation School,?? Church Hill, Christ Church; St. George Secondary, Constant, St. George and St. Leonard’s Boys’ School, Richmond Gap, St. Michael.

Only those students who have been recommended by the principals of their respective secondary schools will be able to attend these classes, which are scheduled to be held from Tuesday, July 6, to Friday, July 30.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will provide bus passes for those students attending primary and secondary summer schools.

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