The results of this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) will be out “shortly,” Marcel Hutson, the country’s Chief Education Officer said today.
Sources have indicated that the results could be out by the end of the week, but Hutson would not get into any specifics.
News Room understands that the results had been tabulated and known for over a week now and a schedule has already been developed of how the results would be released.
The NGSA was written by 14,551 students in late March this year and the results will determine which secondary school they attend when the new school year begins after the two-month July-August break.
Former Minister of Education and Parliamentarian Priya Manickchand took to her Facebook page to demand the release of the results now.
“Our children deserve timely results that have not been tampered with,” Manickchand declared.
She accused the government of being “unconcerned” about how much parents, teachers and children invest in education.”
Regarding the results, she said: “Most already know which school and which child topped, who got second and third” but that “the nation is made to wait on the publication of the results.”
“This kind of contempt for the very people on whose already weak backs the Minister climbs to get her enormous and undeserved salary and perks and her education, which she is now pursuing, is unacceptable, heartless,” Manickchand added.
The NGSA is based on the current curriculum guides including National Grade Six syllabus for the four core subjects of Mathematics, English Language, Science and Social Studies.
Each subject consisted of two papers, namely Paper 1 of multiple choice questions and Paper 11 featured Essay questions.
The grade earned at the National Grade Six Assessment is a combination of five percent (5%) of each candidate’s Grade Two score in Mathematics and English, and ten percent (10%) of the Grade Four score in the same subjects, added to eighty-five percent (85%) of each candidate’s Grade Six score in those subjects.
The combined scores in Mathematics and English will then be added to the scores gained in Science and Social Studies.