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Children gather for Common Entrance


These students took time to pray before taking the examination.

With over 3500 students set to take this morning’s Common Entrance Examination, there was a definite buzz around the island’s secondary schools, where the exam is being held.

Nervousness could be seen etched on the faces of both students and parents, as they gathered outside the gates of their respective schools.

Over at Queen’s College, where 167 students are currently writing the exam, students from West Terrace and Eden Lodge Primary Schools said their goodbyes to their parents and guardians at the gate and orderly made their way to their respective examination rooms.

Some were visibly nervous and a little hesitant to leave their parents side, but majority appeared to be calm and confident in themselves. There was also a lot of encouragement going on among the peers.


These students from Boscobel Primary seemed confident ahead of the exam.

After months of preparation, students of Boscobel and All Saints Primary and Leacocks Private School gathered at the Coleridge and Parry School armed with their clipboards, pencils and erasers, ready to get one of the biggest examinations of their lives underway.
Before they went in to begin, they assembled at the gate, said prayers, chatted with friends and received last minute advice from their parents and guardians.

Parents watched anxiously as their charges ran off to begin their exam which began at 9:00 a.m. They will break at 11:00 a.m for lunch and resume at 11:40.(DB/AH)

6 Responses to Children gather for Common Entrance

  1. stephen bryan May 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Praise the Lord it’s so good to see these students praying before taking their exams, putting God first that’s the way to do things .Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. iIn all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs:3v5-6.

  2. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke May 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Good luck children you are Barbados’s future

  3. Chrissy Teresa Neckles
    Chrissy Teresa Neckles May 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

    God’s blessing

  4. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart May 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Good Luck to ALL!

  5. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond May 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Hmm. If I were God I’d have a hard time with this one. All of them are asking me to get them into a few “good” schools, but there are only so many places. What on earth am I going to do. I can’t disappoint these little ones.

    I hope we all see the folly of this foolishness.

    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel May 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      What is even more foolish is that too many of them waste time in school, don’t put enough energy into learning then turn up for the common entrance exam, praying for a miracle. We need as a society to instill an appreciation and respect for education in our children.


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