Primary school curriculum changed
By RACHAEL ESPINET Wednesday, October 2 2013
STANDARD Five students will now be assessed in Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), Science and Drama, along with Writing English Language Arts as part of the Continuous Assessment Component (CAC) of the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.
This was announced yesterday at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, St Clair. The students who sat the May examination were only tested on Writing English
Language Arts. However, the 2013-2014 students would be tested in the three additional subjects.
These Standard Five students’ SEA placement would be based on scores obtained from Standard Five only. Twenty percent of the assessment will be based on the CAC of the four subjects and 80 percent will be based on the final assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
CAC will begin this year for the Standard Four students. Forty percent of their SEA placement will be from the CAC done over the next two years, and 60 percent will be taken from the final exam in 2015.
This year, the Standard Four students CAC will comprise of Music, Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Written English Language Arts. In Standard Five, CAC will assess CCE, Science, Drama and Creative Writing.
For both years (Standard Four and Five) the Writing English Language Arts would collectively make up ten percent of the CAC. The other 30 percent would be divided evenly among the seven subjects.
Addressing the issue of proper CAC training for teachers, Mala Morton-Gittens, curriculum coordinator, assured that the ministry has upgraded the teachers’ professional skills to accommodate the CAC.
“Training opportunities for the successful implementation of the CAC were provided for a range of support personnel including school supervisors, principals, vice principals, facilitators, monitors, moderators and home tutors.
Training was successfully implemented during the period of May 2012 to March 2013,” Morton-Gittens said.