Thursday 13 August, 2020

Teacher talks: Common Entrance 2018 is done. What’s next?

Class 4 Teacher at Charles F. Broome Memorial, Stephan Walker chatted with his students after the exam.

Class 4 Teacher at Charles F. Broome Memorial, Stephan Walker chatted with his students after the exam.

Embraced by his beloved Class 4 students after they wrote the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) 2018 today, one educator wants parents to stay the course now and not fall off the map or wagon.

This is the time to ensure that these 10 and 11–year-old students get exposure, experiences and more education beyond Mathematics and English.

Chatting with media officials after his kids walked away from their exam centre - Springer Memorial Secondary School, was Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School Class 4 teacher, Stephan Walker. He said:

“I encourage parents to help children remain focused. This is the time to rewind and relax but still you have to ensure that the children still do something.

“Continue to encourage them to read, encourage them to enhance their knowledge, know what is going on in their country…enhance their experiences. So I encourage parents, or teachers to get children to go on various tours, get people to come in and have sessions with them, and also to have, it’s very good to have programmes in place so that children can transition comfortably from primary to secondary.”

He said that such is “very important” within the next couple of months.

Photo: Teacher Stephan Walker said his students said they managed well and managed their time. He was proud.

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Asked if he believes that ahead of Orientation and the September-start that parents and guardians could take students to their new schools, he responded with a resounding ‘yes’.

He said, “absolutely!". The educator said that many take such "for granted" but he encouraged this in order to get the children familiar with the environment that will become their home away from away for the next five years, and in some cases seven years.

He said, “It is good for parents and teachers and guardians to help children to experience these things because these are real-life experiences.”

Walker was speaking of plans beyond the after examination excursions and cool down events.

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