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Garcia sees improvement in SEA results
As some 18,000 pupils anx-
iously await their SEA results
tomorrow, Education Minister
Anthony Garcia says pupils
generally "performed well" in
the three areas---English, Math-
ematics and Creative Writing.
This year was the first in which
pupils wrote the SEA without being
graded on the Continuous Assess-
ment Component (CAC) and Garcia
admitted yesterday that there was a
marked improvement overall.
"We had a very fruitful discussion
at the level of Cabinet and we were
pleased with the overall perfor-
mance of the students," Garcia said
in a telephone interview yesterday,
as he noted he presented a report on
SEA to Cabinet last Thursday.
"This year the results of the ex-
ams did not include the CAC so we
have to factor in that in our anal-
ysis. We have instituted a system
of monitoring the performance of
the students from infant right on
to standard five and we are hoping
even greater success where this is
Regarding previous media re-
ports of a shortfall of 800 spaces
at secondary schools, Garcia again
assured every child who wrote the
SEA exam in May will be placed in
a secondary school in September.
Saying there was no need for parents
to panic, Garcia said, "We don't have
a shortfall. We have adequate places
in schools for all our children."
He said in some areas there were
more "places than children."
"For example, in areas like Biche..
some of the schools in the south
eastern areas, we have more places
that we can have children assigned
so there is never a problem with
places," Garcia said.
However, he said along the East/
West Corridor, where there is a con-
centration of secondary schools,
parents were opting to select only
"We are challenged, where we
might have some challenge in
placing children according to their
school of choice. The SEA is a place-
ment exam and therefore students
are placed according to their place-
ment in the exam," Garcia said.
He said in addition to this, prin-
cipals of denominational boards,
in accordance with the Concordat,
have the facility of selecting 20 per
cent of their intake.
"For example, if a school has space
for 100 students the principal has
the authority to select 20 per cent
but that is decided after the minis-
try selects its 80 per cent based on
the performance of the child in the
exam. This is only for denomina-
tional schools. Not for government
schools," Garcia said.
Regarding reports that the SEA
exam would be moved to March as
had been the case in previous years,
Garcia said there had been no dis-
cussion on this.
"After the results we will have our
own post-mortem and decide how
we will move forward," he added.
Fire officers from the Four Roads, Diego
Martin station have come in for high praise
after rescuing a plumbing contractor who was
buried at a jobsite on Saturday.
Kendall Braithwaite suffered injuries to the left
leg, back and head when there was a landslide on
a hill nearby. The mud filled up the trench he was
digging on the Westwind development, off Manning
Street, Diego Martin.
One of the people who initially tried to rescue
Braithwaite, Nigel Gardener, said he was visiting
family on Saturday when he heard commotion
"My father came outside and saw a man franti-
cally waving and two cars stopped. When I arrived
on the site, I looked and saw that a fellah was buried
to just above the chest in mud. I went across, we
were all digging and the more we digged, more dirt
piled down on him."
Gardener said his parents then called the Four
Roads Fire Station and they responded within min-
utes. Clearly impressed about the professionalism
of the fire officers, he said: "Within six minutes
they came, they were so professional. They had to
cut plywood and brace it to prevent more dirt and
debris from coming down from the top of the hill.
It did cave in on him, he had his oxygen mask. We
were finally able to brace it good and then pulled
Gardener said when the owner was contacted by
a neighbour the owner said no one was supposed to
be on the site. Describing the incident as traumatic
he said he and the neighbours did their best.
"We tried to pull him out by putting rope around
him but when your body is stuck so deeply in mud
its very hard to come out. We tied the other end of
the rope to some steel so he won't go further down."
He said the officers "did what they had to do" to
calm Braithwaite. What is clear he said, is that in
time of tragedy strangers came together to save a life.
Firefighters dig man
out of muddy trench
Kendall Braithwaithe lies on a stretcher after being
rescued by firefighters after he was covered in
chest-high mud in a ditch at a Diego Martin
construction site on Saturday.
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