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The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA)
examination may soon be eliminated as a one-
and-done examination to transfer primary students
into the secondary school system, Education Min-
ister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said on Wednesday.
Addressing a meeting of principals and school
supervisors at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya,
Gopeesingh said the Government was in the process
of reviewing the system.
He said the Continuous Assessment Component,
introduced in the SEA exams for the first time this
year, is being looked at as a possible replacement.
In addition to the academics, written over two
days in March and May this year, students were
awarded marks for physical education, visual and
"I wish we had an alternate system other than
the dreaded SEA, but we are working to see how far
we can move towards eliminating this one do-or-
die examination," Gopeesingh said at the meeting,
which was called to discuss the expansion of physical
education in the school system.
His announcement came hours before results of
the 2013 SEA were released to principals yesterday.
Gopeesingh also congratulated all the students
who wrote the SEA exam this year. He also thanked
teachers and principals for their dedication and hard
Looking at the programme he was on hand to
address, Gopeesingh said he envisioned that the
250,000 students at all levels in the education system
would eventually participate in physical education.
He rolled out a plan to strengthen sports education
in schools with a view to this being a career option.
To this end, he revealed, Cabinet had appointed
an advisory committee on sports to his ministry,
chaired by Deryck Murray. Other members include
Larry Romany, Douglas Camacho, Cheryl Peters,
Annette Locke, Alvin Corneal, Hasely Crawford and
Approximately 3,000 students actively participate
in sports at present, with some 2,000 doing it at
the CSEC level, in 15 disciplines, with a 95 per cent
success rate, he said. Gopeesingh said he would like
to see all 17,000 CSEC students participate in sports.
"Not all students are academically gifted, but they
are gifted in other areas and this is what we want
to bring out. We want to unearth the talent to the
fullest potential of our children. They must be socially
and culturally integrated into society, they must be
physically fit and healthy. Their lives must be mean-
ingful and happy," he said.
Consideration would be given to students who
were disabled to ensure their participation at some
level, he said.
He said he and Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan
had also been charged with the responsibility of
introducing proper nutrition in the education system,
with the aim of reducing obesity, diabetes and heart-
related complications. He said they were in the
process of producing a White Paper on school nutri-
tion for the Cabinet.
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