Education officials reported a smooth running of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) as over 3,300 students sat the exam, which will determine which secondary schools they will enter in September.
A touring party, which included Acting Minister of Education, Senator Lucille Moe; Chief Education Officer, Karen Best and Permanent Secretary, Janet Phillips, visited a number of the 22 exam centres around the island to ensure that all systems were in place.
Minister Moe said she was pleased with what she had seen on her visits to some of the schools.
“The Common Entrance Exam has been around for a very long time. People know the procedure, and they are clearly experienced in ensuring that things go well. From what I’ve seen, they have gone well. Students were doing their exams; the schools were well prepared. Of course, you would have the anxious parents outside waiting. At Graydon Sealy [Secondary School], I was there during the break when they had lunch and some parents would’ve brought lunch for their children while I was there, so it went well.
“We will probably do a few more schools just to make sure that everything is going well and to ensure that there are no issues, but there are none that have been reported to us…,” Senator Moe stated.
Some of the exam centres visited included the Alleyne, St. George Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary, Deighton Griffith Secondary, Springer Memorial Secondary and St. Leonard’s Boys’ Schools.