Wednesday 8 July, 2020

No change to 11-plus exam centres nor format for 2020 despite COVID-19

Acting Chief Education Officer Joy Adamson

Acting Chief Education Officer Joy Adamson

Since the last update, there will be no further changes to the 11-plus examination this year.

The Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) commonly known as the 11-plus which is scheduled to be held on July 14 will be administered at the 21 government secondary schools as has been done annually in the past. This was revealed in an announcement posted to the Government Information website (June 23).

Acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, said this was the decision made by the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training despite several requests for Class Four students to write the examination at their respective primary schools.

She explained that a change to the exam centres would create a logistical challenge. Such a move would require “extensive human resources”, including Ministry personnel, supervisors, invigilators and police officers, which are currently not available.

“The BSSEE 2020 will be administered at the 21 government secondary schools and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPIT). Secondary school teachers will supervise the examination as usual. The administrators at the centres will be responsible for the layout of the rooms to maintain the required physical distancing of six feet apart. A police officer will be stationed at each centre,” Mrs. Adamson stated.

In addition, there will also be no change to the structure of the exam. It will comprise of an essay which students will be allotted 30 minutes to complete. The English paper which follows will be one hour and 20 minutes while students will be allotted one hour and 15 minutes to complete the Mathematics paper. There will be a customary break between the administering of the English and Mathematics papers.

Parents and guardians of students sitting the exam will be forwarded guidelines for the operation of the day.

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