Pressure point

It is almost that time again when our children, cousins, nieces and nephews take the Common Entrance Examination. I am here sitting trying to remember what I was going through leading up to that day.

I strongly believe that this examination should be abolished because it puts too much pressure on these children at such a young age. Why should a child be put under so much pressure is beyond me?

Some parents do not help the situation by informing their children on which school they expect them to go too. Why should any school be better than the other when most schools complete the Caribbean Examination Council exams?

Don’t we all end up at the same institutions such as Barbados Community College and the University of the West Indies regardless of which school we passed for? So why should one school be preferred over the other?

I always tell any family member that I know who is about to sit the exam that it is not what school you pass for it is what you do when you get there. I believe this saying is so true. I will always be a proud old scholar of the Ellerslie Secondary school.

I am a columnist, a pageant director and pursuing a degree at the University of the West Indies. The sky is the limit for me. I may not have passed for “a higher school” but that did not deter me from pursuing my dreams.

I will never understand where this saying that one school is better than the other came into existence. Yes I will admit that some schools may achieve better results than the other but as I said before we all end up the same place.

This notion of insisting that our children go to a particular school to me is doing more harm than good. It causes them to feel that what they did isn’t good enough if they do not achieve the results that their parents were looking for.

How can children progress under so much pressure? Then some of us wonder when the exam results come back and our children who may have been doing quite well at school end up with disappointing results. The pressure may just be too much. Then we wonder why some of our children today are suffering from low self esteem.

I will keep saying this examination is too much for these young children. I wish there was some mechanism to allow each child to be evaluated over a period of time and then sent to a secondary school — without the pressures of this examination.

The weekend before the examination take your kids out for ice cream or some fun activity. Let them know that whatever they do on that day is good enough for you. Tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of them!! Have a wonderful week ahead!!!

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