- Department of Education says all systems in place for a smooth sitting
Pupils across Region 10 on Wednesday commenced the writing of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). District Education Officer responsible for Primary Shivon Greene-Brewster, told INFO 10, that a total of 937 pupils are sitting the examination across 29 schools in the region. One pupil she related, is currently hospitalized and will sit the exam from the hospital.
She reiterated that all systems were in place at all schools to ensure a smooth sitting. Officers visited the schools prior and on the day, to ensure pupils are comfortable and nothing will tamper with the credibility of the exams. Visits to the schools on Wednesday, showed pupils praying with their teachers and mentors, parents cheering pupils and pupils getting seated in neatly fixed and orderly auditoriums and classrooms.
In total, some 16,288 pupils at 509 Primary Schools across the country will be writing the Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies examinations. During her visits to some schools on Wednesday, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said she is happy the exams are being executed. “We are very glad we are able to run off these exams, particularly because we made specific efforts to make these children ready…….Guyana took some very bold initiatives, we consolidated the curriculum, so these children are only writing the exams up to the Grade Five level, we dropped the Grade Six year and then only a particular number of topics,” Manickchand said.