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Keen competition among students
in this year s Secondary Entrance
Assessment (SEA) exam has resulted
in outstanding individual perform-
However, principals, students and
parents were yesterday left with many
questions and concerns about the cri-
teria used to assign students to sec-
The T&T Guardian was told that
many parents and students sought
clarification on the marking scheme
and factors used to decide to which
school the students were assigned,
since they were unhappy with the
schools they were placed in based on
the marks they achieved.
Principals at several primary schools
along the East-West Corridor said
there were improved performances
this year and attributed that to the
introduction of the Continuous
Assessment Component (CAC), which
they believed helped students to excel
in certain areas and improve their
overall marks used by the Ministry of
Education to determine their place-
Offering congratulations to staff,
students and parents at the El Dorado
South Hindu School yesterday was
Legal Affairs Minister and recently re-
elected leader of the Congress of the
People, Prakash Ramadhar, who urged
the students to keep striving for suc-
cess as they transitioned from that
phase of their life into another.
He said: "There is no limit to what
you can do. You have an unlimited
ability and capacity to achieve what-
ever you want."
Ramadhar s remarks were brief as
he hurried to visit several other schools
in the area.
Referring to the high pass rates
recorded by denominational schools,
"These are centres of excellence
we are seeing developing more and
more throughout the country.
"It takes the dedication of the staff,
principal and parents working as a
cohesive team to make that happen.
It is critically important for children
to feel loved and cared for, as they
perform better because they are com-
fortable in that learning space."
Asked if he thought the replication
of these systems in government-run
primary schools might yield similar
pass rates, Ramadhar replied:
"There are a number of factors, such
as discipline, a sense of value, tradition
and community, that is needed to
make any institution all-embracing.
"I am confident the Education Min-
ister can do it as he is a progressive
and innovative man who will consider
everything and it is probably some-
thing we might see being done in the
Some parents and students unhappy...
Queries over SEA placements
Students of Standard Five of Arima Girls' RC School celebrate after receiving their SEA results yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
BENEFITS FROM CAC PLAN
Of the 83 students who wrote
the SEA exam at the El Dorado
South Hindu School, 55 attained
placements at seven-year
schools while 28 secured places
at five-year schools.
Among them was Kabir Singh,
the son of the Minister of
Environment and Water
Resources Ganga Singh, who
expressed delight and
satisfaction with the school's
An upbeat Kabir, who passed
for Presentation College
(Chaguanas), his first choice,
later said: "I am looking forward
to the future and what's ahead
as I make new friends."
Principal Adesh Maharaj
attributed the high pass-rate to
the "impeccable planning of the
previous administrator and the
dedication of the hard-working
He also highlighted the Baal
Vikaas programme conducted in
all Hindu primary schools as one
of the main reasons his
students secured such good
This sentiment was also
expressed by the principal at the
Tunapuna Hindu School, Jeewan
Ramdhanie, who said 84
students wrote the exam, with
57 securing places at seven-year
schools and 27 at five-year
He also supported the CAC,
which, he said, was having a
positive impact on some
Reiterating that the system
used in denominational schools,
which normally begins with
religious knowledge daily,
Ramdhanie said: "Putting God
first would play a great role in
guiding children along the right
When the T&T Guardian
visited the Tunapuna Boys' RC
School, parents could be seen
awaiting their turn to meet with
principal Terrence Caesar to
discuss their children's results.
Long faces and tears were
spilt as some students cried
when the results were
Caesar explained that
although his 48 boys achieved
good individual scores and he
was happy with their
performance, "because of
choices and the order of them,
some of the placements were
not what we expected."
Principal of the St Joseph
TML, Rasheed Ali, said of the 75
students who wrote the exam,
40 were able to secure places at
seven-year schools, with the
remaining number being
assigned to five-year schools.
Ali also expressed concern
over the marking system, as he
said the scores of some
students were "moderated."
However, he said, this year's
results had improved over last
year's. He vowed to ensure a
higher pass rate next year.
always knew she would be a
top scorer in the SEA. "I was
expecting this. I feel great. It
is amazing to achieve this
Rambharose told reporters
at her school yesterday. Her
mother, Lisa Rambharose, a
librarian of Barrackpore
West Secondary, said her
daughter was well deserving
of the accolade.
"She worked hard and she
was confident all the while
that she will do well," Lisa
said. Father Kailindra
Rambharose, who works as
an operations technician at
Atlantic LNG, said he
planned to take Rambharose
to Disney World for the
"It will be a six-week
vacation. She deserves it,"
Kailindra said as he whisked
her up in his arms.
Rambharose said she was
excited to start a new phase
of her life, adding she
wanted to become a
ARIELLE HEADS TO DISNEY
• 8.9 per cent of students scored
above 90 per cent, as compared to
5.9 per cent in 2010.
• 65.2 per cent of students, a
total of 11,898, scored above 60
per cent, as compared to 51 per
cent in 2008.
• A record 78.7 per cent, 14,360
students, scored above 50 per
cent, as compared to the previous
68 per cent high in 2009.
• 4.4 per cent of students scored
below the 30 per cent, compared
to 13.3 per cent in 2008.
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