A series of familiarisation sessions on the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) will begin early next month for parents and guardians of children taking the 2012 BSSEE, familiarly known as the Common Entrance Examination.

An initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, the town hall meetings will also target principals and teachers with the aim of sensitising all groups to the processes involved in the administration of the examination.

Senior Education Officer, Glyne Price and Education Officer, Colin Cumberbatch, will conduct the sessions, which will be held at various venues across the island. They will, among other things, instruct persons on how to fill out the several forms used in the BSSEE, including those for choice of school, deferral and special requests.

The town hall meetings will start on Saturday, December 3, at the George Lamming Primary School, Flint Hall, St. Michael and the A. DaCosta Edwards Primary School, Belleplaine, St. Andrew. The following day, Sunday, December 4, the team will move to St. George Primary School, Glebe, St. George and Mount Tabor Primary School, Mount Tabor, St. John. All sessions start at 5:00 p.m. daily.

Other schools where meetings will be held in December are: Sharon Primary, Sharon, St. Thomas and West Terrace Primary, St. James, on Wednesday, December 7; and Milton Lynch Primary, Water Street, Christ Church and Roland Edwards Primary, Battaleys, St. Peter on Saturday, December 10.??

Bayley’s Primary, Merricks, St. Philip will have sessions on Sunday, December 11; along with Cuthbert Moore Primary, St. Helen’s, St. George and St. Stephen’s Primary, St. Stephen’s Hill, Black Rock, St. Michael on Wednesday,

December 14; Blackman and Gollop Primary, Staple Grove, Christ Church and St. Joseph Primary, Horse Hill, St. Joseph on Saturday, December 17; and Grazettes Primary, Grazettes, St. Michael and St. Lucy Primary, Trents, St. Lucy on Sunday, December 18.

Eden Lodge Primary in Eden Lodge, St. Michael and St. James Primary, Trents, St. James will be the venues for the first sessions in 2012. These will take place on Wednesday, January 4. This will be followed closely by meetings at the Princess Margaret Secondary School in Six Roads, St. Philip and Gordon Greenidge Primary School, Upper Rock Dundo, St. James, on Saturday, January 7.

The town hall sessions on the Common Entrance Examination will culminate on Sunday, January 8, at the St. John’s Primary School, Glebe, St. John at 5:00 p.m.

Parents and guardians have been urged by the Ministry of Education to attend any meeting considered to be convenient for them.


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