Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 3rd 2015 Contents A4
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, July 3, 2015
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh says
the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) stan-
dardised score was the important factor used to
determine the placement of Secondary Entrance
Assessment (SEA) pupils attend after writing
He was speaking at yesterday s post-Cabinet
news conference at the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, St Clair.
Gopeesingh said the results of this year s SEA
were the best ever in T&T s history.
Responding to questions on the issue of the
placement of students, Gopeesingh said on the
report given to the students there were a raw
mark, a standardised score and a percentage given
"Based on the raw mark CXC calculates and
that is the one used (in determining which school
the pupil is placed)," he added.
Parents have been complaining their children
received high percentage marks but others with
a lower percentage marks were selected for so-
called better schools.
He said the maximum standardised score would
be 245 and the pupil who placed first scored 243.
He said in the top 200 SEA pupils for 2015 the
pupil who placed at number 200 got about 238
"The top performing schools will be selecting
students from those and when they have selected
their 80 per cent (requirement) ... then they look
to see which students have been asked to go to
Gopeesingh added: "If a student has put a par-
ticular school for first choice and that student
does not satisfy the mark for that choice, then
the student is compared for the second choice,
based on his/her marks."
He insisted that the percentage mark was not
what was used to determine which school in
which the student was placed.
Questioned about the formula used by CXC to
standardise the marks, Gopeesingh said: "It is a
real mathematical process. It is difficult to under-
stand but CXC has made it into a very discernable
"If you were giving the raw marks, 98,97 or
96 (for example), and you were not using the
standardised scores which they (CXC) calculate,
you would not have been able to separate the stu-
Gopeesingh said: "Sometimes .1 or .01 separates
a student from another."
He then said the student who placed first in
this year s exam "received 243.798 and the student
who came second, 243.243 and the student who
came third, 242.715."
He said all the students did well in this year s
exam with nine out of every ten getting more
than 50 per cent and eight out of ten getting more
than 60 per cent.
He said the first 3,000 students were separated
by just a few marks.
Army camouflage uniforms believed to have
been used in criminal activities to impersonate
soliders were seized during a police raid in a
house at Ramsaran Street, San Fernando, yes-
Police also seized a Smith and Wesson revolver,
13 rounds of 40-calibre ammunition, 217
grammes of cocaine and 117 grammes of mar-
The uniforms were concealed in a plastic wrap
in a barrel of water. Also seized in the raid were
laptop computers, DVD players and cellular
The raid, which began at 10 pm on Wednesday
and ended at midday yesterday, also resulted in
the arrest of ten people in the Princes Town
district for charges ranging from break-ins, rob-
beries and marijuana possession. An illegal immi-
grant was also arrested and handed over to the
In La Romaine, a 34-year old businessman
was also arrested for being in possession of a
stolen SUV and a quantity of tyres. Police reports
indicate that sometime last month, two busi-
nessmen from Port-of-Spain, driving separate
SUVs, came to La Romaine to view a job site.
They parked their vehicles and went to the
site but on their return the vehicles were gone.
Police believe the recovered vehicle, which
bore false number plates, may have been used
in a drive-by shooting in Pleasantville last week-
The vehicle was impounded and is to be sent
for forensic testing.
Senior Superintendent Irvin Hackshaw led
Superintendents Hodge Griffith and Zamsheed
Mohammed, Insp Don Gajadar, Sgts Inshan Tel-
luck and Dale Ramroop, aided by the K9 Unit,
Air Support and Southern Division Task Force
in the exercise.
A group of La Romaine residents left the
San Fernando Magistrates Court disap-
pointed yesterday after they failed to stop
Glo6 fete from being held in their commu-
Granting the occasional licence for the
fete, deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington
suggested that the law be amended to allow
residents to object to such licences.
Sea View Parkway Company Ltd, repre-
sented by Wendy Durham, Reshma Maharaj
and Gary Rattan, filed a petition in the court
objecting to the fete at Space La Nouba com-
pound in La Romaine.
When the matter came up yesterday, attor-
neys Keith Beckles and Dexter Bailey repre-
sented licence applicants--- Sheldon Stephen
and Dwight Grant --- while attorney Rennie
Gosine represented the objectors.
Citing Section 44, Sub Section 1 of the
Liquor Licence Act, Beckles argued the pro-
vision explicitly stated only the police officer
in charge of the division could object to the
He said that position was authoritatively
pronounced upon by a 2014 Court of Appeal
In this case, he said, police prosecutor
Cleyon Seedan stated that the police had no
objection. He further submitted that the
objectors could not be entertained because
they had no locus standi.
Gosine said he had not seen the judgment
that Beckles cited but he did not agree that
only the police could object.
Gosine cited another Court of Appeal judg-
ment in 2013 in a similar case where the
objectors were successful but the magistrate
said Section 44 was not expressly raised in
Noting that nothing in the section gave
anyone else other than the police the right
to object to the licence, he said: "Maybe the
law should be amended for occasional
licences. I am not a legal draftsman."
However, the magistrate said from a moral
standpoint Gosine was quite right that res-
idents ought to have a say if a fete was being
held in their community but from a legal one
Beckles was correct.
The magistrate also dismissed an appli-
cation by Beckles for costs. The magistrate
approved 29 police officers for the fete and
24 fire officers.
CITIZENS HAVE NO VOICE
"Ci izen ha e no oice. If yo don' ge
he media in ol ed o p o e , yo ge no
j ice," aid Wendy D ham.
Speaking o epo e af e a d , he
added: "We canno leep in o ho e.
The m ic i o lo d ha o gla
bang . Yo can' a ch ele i ion, yo
canno enjoy yo p ope y. The fe e
a a 9 pm on he compo nd and
fini he 4 o o clock in he mo ning.
Since 2 7, he aid, hey ha e been
making complain o he En i onmen al
Managemen A ho i y beca e he
noi e le el en abo e he ag eed
decibel le el b hey go no ed e .
"We e e old o go o co and
objec o he licence," he added.
Space o ne B nny Pe ad, ho a
in co , co n e ed ha he fe e
p omo e had ecei ed all he nece a y
app o al, incl ding f om EMA, o ho he
fe e. He aid i a no hei in en ion o
incon enience anyone.
to stop fete
Education Minster defends system:
Complex model used
to place SEA students
Gopee ingh aid 8, den o e
he e amina ion in May.
Some 9, e e gi l and 9, 7 boy .
S den co ing abo e 9 pe cen : 4.
pe cen , an inc ea e of mo e han i pe
cen fo 2 9.
S den co ing abo e 6 pe cen : 79.
pe cen , an inc ea e of abo 2 pe cen
inc ea e fo 2 9.
S den co ing mo e han pe cen :
9 pe cen , an inc ea e of 2 pe cen f om
S den co ing le han pe cen :
. pe cen and .2 pe cen in 2 9.
The mini e aid he a no e of he ba i of
hei complain b " e ill ha e o e amine i
and he mini y and eady o li en o ha
p oblem may emana e."
Gopee ingh aid pa en i h ch conce n
ho ld " i i he chool and hen e ill ge he
chool pe i o in ol ed and hey ( pe i o )
ill b ing ha info ma ion o he mini y and e
ill ge he E amina ion Commi ee o e amine
i ."He aid he mini y "m look in o he
complain of e e y child o pa en ."
Acco ding o Gopee ingh, i a e pec ed ha
pa en o ld an hei child en o a end he 2
chool hich ha e been ob aining na ional
chola hip ann ally.
He aid he mini y a ying o clo e he
pe fo mance gap be een he Go e nmen '
econda y chool and he denomina ional chool .
He aid if ha a adeq a ely add e ed he e
may be no need fo he SEA. Ho e e , he in i ed
ha co ld only be con ide ed " hen e b ing all
econda y chool o a le el of compe ence a e
ha e i h a lo of he boa d chool ."
Gopee ingh aid he ignifican ly imp o ed
pe fo mance by den in he SEA e e he
e l of e e al ne ini ia i e implemen ed by
he Go e nmen ince i a med office j o e
fi e yea ago and o he mea e .
Gopee ingh al o anno nced ha he na ional
e fo p pil in S anda d One, T o, Th ee and
Fo " ill be a hing of he pa , i h i being held
fo one yea , po ibly in S anda d T o."
The e a ed o " ell he pe fo mance of
he chool , he pe fo mance of he eache and
o iden ify he eake den ho e an o
He al o e ealed ha only 26 SEA den a e
o epea he e am ne yea .
READY TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINTS
Guns, drugs found in police raid
The gun, ammunition and drugs found by police during a raid in San Fernando yesterday.
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