11-plus town hall meetings

Parents and guardians of children who will be taking the 2013 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination are being encouraged to attend at least one session in a series of town hall meetings on the BSSEE, which will begin on December 5.

An initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, the familiarisation sessions also target principals and teachers with the aim of sensitising all stakeholders to the processes involved in the administration of the examination, familiarly known as the Common Entrance Examination.

Senior Education Officer, Glyne Price, and Education Officer, Everton Briggs, will conduct the sessions, which are scheduled for various venues across the island. The two officers will, among other things, instruct persons on how to fill out the forms used in the BSSEE, including those for choice of school, deferral and special requests.

“It must be noted that year after year there are issues with the correct completion of the choice forms as it relates to the out-of-zone schools, so we urge parents to come and be guided by the presenters,” said Briggs.

All meetings begin at 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 5, the first town hall meeting will take place at St. George Primary School, St. George and Roland Edwards Primary, St. Peter.

The following day, December 6, meetings will be held at Sharon Primary, St. Thomas and West Terrace Primary, St. James.

Milton Lynch Primary, Water Street, Christ Church will be the venue for another meeting on December 8, while on December 9, George Lamming Primary School and Ignatius Byer Primary, St. Lucy will host similar sessions.

Mount Tabor, St. John will be the next stop for ministry officials on December 11 and on December 12, the team will move to Grazettes Primary, Grazettes, St. Michael, and A. DaCosta Edwards Primary School, Belleplaine, St. Andrew.

Blackman and Gollop Primary, Staple Grove, Christ Church and St. Stephen’s Primary, Black Rock, St. Michael will be visited on December 13.

Other schools where meetings will be held in December are: Princess Margaret Secondary School and St. Joseph Primary on December 15; Bayley’s Primary, and St. Lucy Primary December 16; and Eden Lodge Primary and St. John’s Primary December 19.

The town hall sessions on the Common Entrance Examination will culminate on December 20, at St. Bartholomew’s Primary and Cuthbert Moore Primary.

Parents and guardians have been urged by the Ministry of Education to attend any meeting at any location that is convenient to them.

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