MINISTER GARCIA: 2017 SEA RESULTS INDICATE AN IMPROVEMENT IN STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
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Phone: 868-622-2181 www.moe.gov.tt
Minister Garcia: 2017 SEA RESULTS INDICATE AN IMPROVEMENT IN STUDENTS' PERFORMANCE
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education is expressing his satisfaction on student’s performance following the release of the 2017 SEA results. In a news conference held this morning at the Ministry of Education’s Head Office, he said, “This year, 13.54% of the students scored above 90% compared with 4.16% in 2016. This represents an increase of 9.42%. The percentage of students who performed below 30% is 12.3% which is minimally less than the 12.95% in 2016”.
This year, a total of 18,180 students wrote the Secondary Entrance Assessment with a total of 9,154 male students and 9,026 female students. Following the removal of Continuous Assessment Component (CAC), students were assessed in three subject areas: Creative Writing, Mathematics and Language Arts.
The top five students of the 2017 SEA are as follows:
• 1st place student, Lexi Balchan From Point Fortin ASJA, Point Fortin
• 2nd place student, Jordana Mahabir from Gandhi Memorial Vedic, Aranguez
• 3rd place student, Rayshard Hosein of San Fernando TML, San Fernando
• 4th place student, Jaden Alexander of St Dominic’s Penal RC, Penal
• 5th place students, William Malzar from Xavier’s Private and Chloe Seecharan from Tulsa Trace Hindu.
Minister Garcia addressed concerns by parents while providing details about the methodology used for placement in secondary schools/pre-vocational centres. He indicated that students’ marks (raw scores) on all subjects are converted to standard scores which are then weighted and combined and the following criteria are applied:
• Parent’s choices
• Student’s performance by order of merit
• Principal’s 20% selection (Denominational schools)
• Multiple birth
Less than 30%
Despite the decrease of the percentage of students who performed below 30% (12.3% in 2017 and 12.95% in 2016), Minister Garcia gave his assurance that he will continue to promote the initiatives introduced to assist these students. Among them are: the implementation of the School Based Management initiative, the Penmanship Programme, the Form One Initiative and the identification of at least three secondary schools where adequate assistance is provided to these students. However, 803 students who scored below 30% and are less than 13 years old are being advised to re-sit the SEA 2018.
Meanwhile, Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister in the Ministry of Education, eco Minister Garcia’s concern about the number of students scoring less than 30%. He said, “The number is too high and the marks are too low. On the other hand, the competition at the top has become very tight.”
Mr. Lynsley Doodhai, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) shared the Minister’s concern on those students scoring lower than 30%. He also expressed his support on the explanation given by Minister Garcia on the issue of placement and reiterated its support on the decision made by the Government to remove the Continuous Assessment Component (CAC) of the SEA.
For more details on the SEA placement and other topics, please visit the link below which will take you to the SEA Information Booklet containing “Frequently Asked Questions regarding SEA”. This booklet has been provided to students and parents along their student’s Performance Report and their Placement Slip.
SEA INFORMATION BOOKLET