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Marked improvement in SEA results

Wednesday, July 2 2014

Students who wrote the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) this year have shown a “tremendous marked improvement” in their results.

This was announced yesterday by Education Minister, Dr Tim Gopeesingh at the Bridging Borders Through Art 4th Annual prize-giving ceremony at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain.

The results which will be released today show that more than 78 percent of students obtained more than 50 percent in the exam results.

Gopeesingh said two out of three students got more than 60 percent.

Approximately ten percent of students earned more than 90 percent in the SEA exams, and students getting less than 30 percent moved down from 13 percent in 2008 to less than four percent.

“We’ve had tremendous marked improvement in the SEA examination results... I feel very comforted having been the person responsible as the Minister of Education, working in the processes and in the trenches, with the principals, teachers, parents and students to receive this very comforting result,” Gopeesingh said.

The Bridging Borders Through Art competition is held annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to aid public diplomacy interests, and to raise awareness of global issues.

This year’s theme was “Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.

The competition lasted from April 22 to May 29 of this year, with 382 entries being submitted, there were 56 more than the previous year.

Gopeesingh commended the Foreign Affairs Ministry for encouraging social awareness through art, and said extra-curricular activities like Bridging Borders helps develop a well rounded student.

“Academic performance alone is not the mainstay of education. There are so many other areas, co-curricular activities, technical vocational education and training, visual arts.” Margaret Parillon, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commended the work of the young artists. She said, “The ability to reproduce what one sees or imagines, is a remarkable gift.

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