Friday 3 April, 2020

PHOTOS: Many students scared to say 11-plus Exam was 'easy'

This family was photographed together outside Lester Vaughan Secondary School.

This family was photographed together outside Lester Vaughan Secondary School.

Despite some students whispering amongst themselves that the 2019 Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (BSSEE) was "easy", when asked by parents and members of the media how it went, they replied with any other answer.

Laughing, two students from Bay Primary School who sat the exam at Graydon Sealy Secondary School in Paddock Road, told Loop News: "Our teacher said not to tell the news it was easy."

But asked how the examination today, May 7, 2019 was honestly, the girl said: "It wasn't that hard".

11-plus students on May 7, 2019

Students from St. Paul's Primary also avoided the word "easy", replying instead with: "It was quite manageable".

One St. Lawrence Primary girl said that "both were kinda easy" and she hopes to attend The St. Michael School.

Two Bay Primary girls who are hoping to start school at The Lodge School come September 2019, added that Section C in the Mathematics "was kinda hard."

The last batch of students from St. Paul's Primary came out orderly in two lines behind their Class 4 Teacher Rochelle Brewster who gave them all high fives before seeing them go through the gate to their parents and guardians.

Talking to twin girls from St. Paul's Primary, one said: "The Maths was a little hard." While the other added: "It was okay. Section C? I flew through it like a breeze."

But the first went on to explain: "In Section C for some I just wasn't thinking about them, so they seemed hard but then I figured it out!" 

Walking away from the examination centre as students cleared out to go celebrate at various restaurants, hotels and even the movie theatres, a little girl from the Arthur Smith Primary School told Loop: "It was good. I try my best. I preferred the English and the Maths was a little bit hard but my teacher helped me with it. Not like she was there, but you know what I mean, she prepared me well."

Over at The Combermere School, students told another Loop reporter: "The Math paper was extremely easy" and that they were "glad" for the exam to be over.

But despite "easy" or "hard", there were no tears at the Examination Centres visited by these Loop reporters today.

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