Friday 16 November, 2018

Get serious! Students cautioned to buckle down from fourth form

Students of St. Ursula's - Senior Girls speaking with EducationUSA advisors.

Students of St. Ursula's - Senior Girls speaking with EducationUSA advisors.

Two educators are stressing to students the importance of researching careers and universities from as early as age 13 and 14, to better select their choices and apply themselves to pass their Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams.

Reminding that CXCs is a two-year programme completed across the fourth form and fifth form, the teachers are noticing that some children slack off in the fourth form and then they are struggling when it’s crunch time in the second and third terms of fifth form.

Calling for the bad practice to end were two teachers from The Ursuline Convent School. They were speaking to Loop News on the sidelines of the EducationUSA College Fair hosted by the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Thursday.

Stephen White, Form teacher at St. Francis' Boys said it is a “sad” situation.

“It is a two-year programme, from fourth and fifth, but despite you preach and tell them, then the realisation comes in fifth form and then there is no time really. You are out of time. All the SBAs and things already have to be in. This [the College Fair] helps a lot. I brought the fourth form here. This would help them to really jump start them.”

Furthermore, he said that attending an event such as the college fair should be mandatory for new fourth formers every year. White insisted that for those students “where from the time you go into fourth form, within the first term this should happen every year. I strongly believe that.”

His sentiment was shared by Sonjina Kirton, Fifth Form Teacher at sister school, St. Ursula’s - Senior Girls.

Kirton said that she too has noticed the same behaviour amongst her female students.

She said, “In fifth form is when they realise the shock of the exam approaching - that’s when they start to panic and that is when they try to apply themselves.”

And she added that this should not be the case because “when you get to fifth form, it’s not when you should now be looking, you should already be thinking this through.”

At the College Fair, she said that her hope for her students is that though it is at a late stage, “I’m hoping that they would get a little more serious after they see what is available, see what they need, after they get an idea of what the outside world is like, that they would become more serious about their work, and that they would then apply themselves to reach where they want to reach.”