MOE addresses concern as schools reopen June 15

— Only Grade 6, 11 and 12 students expected to return to school

— Students who opt out of NGSA may write subsequent placement examination

DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 5, 2020


Grade Six Students preparing to write the NGSA in 2019

The Education Ministry on Friday addressed concerns about teachers and students returning to school for the sitting of the NGSA, CSEC and CAPE examinations citing numerous sanitation and other measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

As students and teachers prepare to head back to school for a few weeks for major examinations, the Ministry of Education has reaffirmed that it is working in the best interest of students and teachers.

The school day has been reduced to a 4-hour day inclusive of a 30-minute lunch break. Students are only expected to attend on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the commencement of their respective exams.

With some parents raising concerns about student safety, the Ministry of Education team explained the countless measures that will be implemented to ensure safety for all.

Among these include erecting handwashing stations. Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) for the Primary level, Carol Benn said all students will be given a sanitization kit, inclusive of face masks, soaps and hand sanitisers in the first week of re-entry into schools.

Schools will be cleaned thoroughly twice daily and teachers will be equipped with face shields. Physical distancing stickers and other signage will be employed at all schools.

For parents who still have reservations about sending their children to sit the NGSA, there is another option.

Students may be placed in the nearest Secondary School to their home and may be eligible to write a placement examination upon completion of their Grade 9 year once they satisfy the criteria to do so.

All Primary and Secondary school teachers are expected to return to school on Monday, June 8 while students will return from June 15.

Director of the National Centre of Educational Resources Development (NCERD), Jennifer Cumberbatch said that the examination dates provided are the best, even amid the COVID-19 concerns.

‘The Ministry of Education has been working to get this right for our children. We want our learners to be safe,” Cumberbatch noted.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of 352 nursery schools, 453 primary schools and 139 secondary schools affected almost 190,000 students countrywide.

For students sitting the NGSA, English and Science will be held on July 1 while Mathematics and Social Studies will be written on July 2. The Paper 1 exams are expected to last for one hour each while the Paper 2 examsthe  – except Mathematics – will have a 55-minute timeline.

The timetables for CSEC and CAPE can be found here.