SEA exam

(flashback)BUSY AT WORK: A Standard Five pupil of St Clement’s Vedic Primary School, San Fernando, busy at work yesterday in preparation for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam. Social distancing is observed as pupils are seen sitting six feet apart in their classroom. The SEA exam will be held on August 20.

—Photo: DEXTER PHILIP 

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers' Association (TTUTA) is calling for the immediate closure of all primary schools, as Covid-19 positive cases continue to rise.

TTUTA has also called on the Education Ministry facilitate online classes in preparation for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.

In a media release on Sunday, TTUTA stated that members were extremely concerned by the continued increase in Covid-19 cases across the country. "This has significantly impacted the students preparing for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA). TTUTA is committed to the protection of its members, as well as to the welfare of our students," it stated.

Therefore, according to the release, in light of the recent developments TTUTA has called for schools to be closed.

TTUTA advised that the Education Ministry provide teachers and students with electronic devices and connectivity to facilitate online classes. "The operational support must also be provided to teachers by the Ministry of Education," it stated.

Primary schools were reopened on July 20 to allow Standard Five pupils to prepare for the SEA examinations, to be held on August 20.

However, at least 11 schools were ordered to close the Ministry of Health as staff and pupils were exposed to the deadly virus.

Staff members, students and their households were advised to quarantine at home for 14 days.

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