Tuesday 11 August, 2020

10 Things parents must do on Common Entrance Day 2020

Students of Hilda Skeene Primary School at Princess Margaret Secondary in St Philip. (FILE)

Students of Hilda Skeene Primary School at Princess Margaret Secondary in St Philip. (FILE)

Teachers have prepared students for the Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination (BSSEE) and the Ministry of Education is getting parents and guardians ready for the test day as well, especially with some COVID-19 safety protocols still in place.

The BSSEE commonly known as the Common Entrance Exam or 11-plus will be held on Tuesday, July 14.

Parents and guardians who have children sitting the 2020 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination are asked to:

  1. Help your child have a good night’s rest 
  2. Prepare a nutritious, healthy breakfast.
  3. Send your child with a simple packed lunch for their child or ward for example, sandwiches, a boxed juice, and fruit.
  4. Make sure your child has the following supplies - stationery such as pencils, eraser, sharpener and a ruler, along with a mask and hand sanitiser.
  5. Get your child to the examination centre early - no later than 8.30 am 
  6. Encourage your child to do his or her best. Leave them with positive, uplifting words not promises and worry. 
  7. Students should be dropped off at the security gate of the examination centre.
  8. Stay off the examination centre premises. Parents or guardians will not be permitted on the compound
  9. Observe all of the physical distancing and safety protocols in effect.
  10. Collect students from the examination centres at approximately 1.00 pm. 


Loop understands the prep was not normal due to COVID-19 but we have faith that your children will all do their best. Parents, try not to worry too much.

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