High turnout of students sitting CSEC, CAPE exams

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Four days into the sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), public school students have turned out in very satisfactory numbers to sit their respective examinations.

In Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), students have been attending schools to sit their exams and there have been no issues with absenteeism for the examinations written to date.

Today, students across the country are writing Principles of Accounts (POA) and during visits to four schools, West Demerara, Stewartville, Leonora and Uitvulgt Secondary in Region Three, it was noted that all students registered to write this exam were present.

Leonora Secondary schools student listening to instructions from the invigilator (Photo: Ministry of Education/July 16, 2020)

Head Teacher of West Demerara Secondary Mr Harrinarine, said he is very satisfied with the conduct of the examinations.

The Head Teacher said that the attendance of the students is an indication of the importance of the examination to both the students and their parents along with their hardworking teachers.

Mr Harrinarine said that since CSEC and CAPE commenced on Monday all the students registered to write the various exams on the previous days were present. The situation at the other three schools mirrored that of West Demerara secondary.

Additionally, one student said that he was looking forward to his exam and was confident that he was going to do well. At all of the schools, the COVID-19 guidelines, that were set out in the gazetted and published examination order No 73/2020 are being stringently enforced.

A Leonora Secondary school student temperature being tested before the examination. (Photo: Ministry of Education/July 16, 2020)

Students, teachers and persons permitted to be in the school compound are required to wear a face mask at all times. Additionally, hand washing and sanitizing must be done at the entrance of the school.

The students are required to be two (2) meters or six (6) feet apart from each other at all times.

Playing and gathering are prohibited and the MoE has prohibited vending outside schools to ensure the safety and wellness of everyone.

Temperature testing is also mandatory and MoE Education Officers will be visiting schools across the country to ensure that there is full compliance with the order.

Therefore, all preventive measures are implemented and will be monitored throughout the examination. (Extracted and modified from Ministry of Education’s Public Relations Department)

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