No transfers, warns Jones

Parents have been warned against rushing to the Ministry of Education asking for transfers of children who sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones, in a press conference to announce the top performers in this year’s exam, warned that transfer requests would not be entertained.

He called on parents to accept the schools to which their children were allocated, insisting that there would be no re-allocations.

“I don’t want to leave any doubt. There will be no re-allocations. We go with your choices. I want to repeat it. I would urge parents therefore to congratulate their children, love them as you should, as you must give them all the support that you should give them and ensure that they make the transition as unproblematic as possible, as they continue their educational journey,” he stressed.

Jones explained that allocation to schools was done through an involved process that depended on parental choice and zoning, among other factors.

On this note, he said given that schools had a designated number of students that could be enrolled every year, it was “extremely” difficult to find spaces for transfers.

“When I first came in this Ministry in 2008 and I did a speech day, I told parents in this country that schools are not elastic. There may be six first forms in some, there may be seven and in some there are five or four.

“And we have to observe standards and the appropriate space for each child.

“I know persons have their favourite schools, or, I went to school x and I wanted my child to go to school x and my child went to school.

“[However] it is difficult . . . trying to find something that don’t exist,” he warned.

This year’s Common Entrance exam was written on May 3, at 22 centres by 3, 527 students from 68 public primary schools, and 26 private primary schools.  Of that number
3, 283 were allocated places in public secondary schools, as compared to 3, 297 in 2015.

9 Responses to No transfers, warns Jones

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte June 8, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Every year you got to say the same thing? change the system of gaining entry into Secondary schools and there will be no request for transfers.

  2. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave June 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Mr Jones .. I agree !! Transfer for what .. The parents select their choice of school .. So let them go to the school their pass for Its your ability to learn and make something of yourself in life .. I also please to hear that no secondary school top children will be published Because the children that didn’t did well , will feel left out .. So it’s your choice to do what pleases you.

  3. Sue Donym June 8, 2016 at 8:26 am

    No transfers… except for the well connected

  4. lester June 8, 2016 at 10:42 am


    • Mac10 June 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      So agreed!!!

  5. Tony Waterman June 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    @Wayne P Hoyte!!!!! it is all well and good to say “Change the system of gaining Entry into Secondary Schoola”

    SO!!! What is your SUGGESTION of whta to change it to, in order to make it Better ?????????

    @lester!!!! again like WPH above, what would you SUGGEST we put in place of ZONING?????

    Do you think that it is fair to send a 10/11 year old Boy or Girl from Christ Church to a School in St.Lucy, would it not be better to send her/Him to FOUNDATION h.S. ???
    If i had been sent to CP instead of Combermere (5 Min away from Home) they had already planned to send me instead to Richmond.

    The System is NOT Really Broke, it is just that Parents STILL have this NEGATIVE Outlook where other NEWER High Schools are Concerned. Please Note That our Finance Minister, and i Believe our Transport Minister(Subject to Correction) Did NOT ATTEND any of the Original High Schools.

  6. Ric June 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Man Jones says this every year and every year there are transfers. Smh.

  7. harry turnover June 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    So Jones you want to say that ALL the children who were allocated to Harrison College and Queens College had those two Schools as their FIRST CHOICES or were they PUT THERE because of their marks ? and IF that is so why can’t those who ..say had CP as their first choice and got marks that would qualify them for LODGE,COMBERMERE,St.MICHAELS or FOUNDATION be placed at one of those Schools TOO ??
    I heard talk of an EARLY SITTER WHO DID NOT HAVE HARRISON COLLEGE AS HIS FIRST CHOICE ( because he wasn’t expected to do that well ) BUT WAS ALLOCATED TO HARRISON COLLEGE BECAUSE OF HIS MARKS ……so JONES don’t talk about ” we go with your choices “

  8. Alex Alleyne June 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm



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