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Officials at schools in east and north
Trinidad said they were pleased and gen-
erally satisfied with this year s Secondary
Entrance Assessment (SEA) results.
However, there were concerns from select-
ed principals, teachers and parents that
some students who did not attain a place-
ment of choice were being zoned and placed
in schools they had never even heard off.
At Maraval Boys RC School, parents and
students expressed a general sense of sat-
isfaction with the results.
With 51 students having written the exam,
only one parent indicated that they would
be seeking a transfer for their child, while
some others were upset after learning their
children had been zoned.
This, however, did not affect the cele-
brations by the remaining students who
were overjoyed by their results.
At Richmond Street Boys Anglican
School, 48 pupils wrote the exam, with the
majority securing places at a school of
Though pleased, school officials were dis-
appointed that some students were zoned
and indicated that some parents had already
expressed a desire to query their children s
At Curepe Presbyterian Primary School,
it was the opposite as parents and students
congratulated one another upon learning
of the results.
Smiles, tears and hugs were plentiful
among those who had gathered to hear the
results announced before the school s pop-
Describing this year s results as "one of
the better years," officials were happy that
the majority of the 117 students who wrote
the exam had attained their first choice
Asked what factors would have con-
tributed to the high success rate being
enjoyed, officials declined to name one spe-
cific thing, except to highlight that through-
out the academic process they had main-
tained extra-curricular activities for the
students, which provided a balanced and
They also cited a very supportive parental
network as a key factor in the students
Teachers indicated that in preparation for
the exam, they also completed past papers
from 2004 through to 2014, and even
included aspects of the syllabus that had
not been earmarked to be taught to the stu-
At Spring Village Hindu School, school
officials were elated with the achievements
of the 16 pupils who wrote the exam.
Thirteen of the 16 pupils secured places
in seven-year secondary schools, while three
others were assigned to five-year institu-
Elated over the results, the parents praised
the efforts of the school s administrator and
teachers in achieving this success.
One parent who asked not to be named
said, "This success was made possible
through the efforts of everyone including
the principal, teachers, parents and students,
who put everything into ensuring that the
work was done."
At Curepe Fatima RC School, there were
many long faces as both parents and teachers
expressed disappointment with the results.
Upset teachers and parents blamed the
ministry for zoning pupils, saying that even
though some students had attained "pretty
good scores," it was not good enough to get
them into a school of choice.
Instead, the majority of students were
assigned to Barataria North and South Sec-
ondary Schools, while several others were
sent to Life Centres, where they will be
taught a skill or trade.
Similar pictures emerged from the Curepe
Anglican and Curepe Vedic Schools, as offi-
cials at both places indicated the results
were "average with previous years."
At Curepe Anglican, one teacher
explained, "Those who expected to do well,
The teacher attributed the students per-
formance to the calibre of students now
entering the school system.
She said the lack of parental support,
absence of dedication to studies and student
complacency were now having a negative
effect on the education system and were
reflected in the poor results generally.
At Sacred Heart Boys RC School, officials
said they were happy with the results as 86
per cent of the students had passed for a
seven-year school, while the remainder were
assigned to five-year schools.
At Sacred Heart Girls RC School, 100
students wrote the exam, with 70 per cent
of the students passing for their first choice
school. Officials at Rose Hill RC School also
expressed satisfaction with the results.
However, many parents were upset that
their children had been zoned.
Many of the officials interviewed yesterday
called for a review of the Continuous Assess-
ment Component (CAC), which contributed
30 per cent of a student s overall score.
No complaints from
Central this year
Again, none of the top three students in this
year s Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA)
examination came from any of Central s top per-
Once more, the top three SEA students, accord-
ing to unofficial results from the Education Min-
istry, are all from the south.
Last year, the Parent/Teachers Association (PTA)
of the Chaguanas Government Primary, one of
the top primary schools in Central, complained
to the ministry about a questionably steep mark-
down for their students in the creative writing
segment of the Continuous Assessment Compo-
nent (CAC) of the SEA examination.
In the creative writing coursework, many of
the school s students got 50 out of 50. But when
the SEA results came out, these marks were adjust-
ed to 43.36.
Hosein said other Central schools had suffered
the same fate.
However, up until yesterday afternoon, there
were no official complaints from the schools. Most
were pleased with their results and said many of
their students passed for first or second choic-
es.Principal of Chaguanas Government Primary,
Melissa Mitchell, said there were no complaints
about the CAC aspect of the SEA results. Although
the results were distributed to the school by the
Education Ministry at 8 am, up until late afternoon
the school was still sorting out the results, Mitchell
She was able to say, though, that of the 130
students who wrote the examination, all passed.
The Montrose Vedic School was ready with
their results shortly after they got them.
"Eighty-two students wrote the exam and all
passed, many of them for their first and second
choices. We had no resits," Principal Ranu Bish-
The principal said they were also expecting a
few of their students to make it into the top 200,
She said she expected their students to do well
but the results were above their expectations.
More than half of the students who wrote the
SEA passed for prestige schools like Queen s Royal
College, St Mary s College, Presentation College,
Holy Faith Convent, Naparima Girls and St
Augustine Girls High School.
The principal said the students excelled despite
many infrastructural challenges in the oldest Hindu
school in T&T, which is smack in the middle of
Charlieville ASJA was also very pleased with
its SEA results. "Of the 48 students who wrote,
all passed, the majority for first and second choic-
es," principal Sarrah Mohammed told the T&T
Couva Exchange Presbyterian, another top per-
forming school in Central, was also very pleased
with its results. "Eighty children wrote the SEA
and 60 are going to schools of their choices,"
principal Joy Rajaram said.
Joy and tears at SEA results
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh is expected to announce
the top 200 students today at the
post-cabinet media briefing.
Following his announcement, officials
of the Ministry of Education said, the
list would be posted to their website,
from which principals, teachers, parents
and students can access further
A happy Riyad Rajan of TML School in San Fernando gives the thumbs-up after hearing he
placed second in the SEA Exams yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Pupils of St Catherine celebrate their
success in the SEA exams following results
at the school on Duke Street, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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