CSEC exams to be written online

By the time the lat­est batch of Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) stu­dents writes the Caribbean Sec­ondary Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC), the ex­am­i­na­tion will be done on­line.

The ex­cit­ing prospect for T&T’s ed­u­ca­tion­al fu­ture was re­vealed by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia yes­ter­day at the South­ern Acad­e­my for Per­form­ing Arts in San Fer­nan­do where the top 200 SEA stu­dents were re­ward­ed for their feats. Not­ing that $7.5 bil­lion was re­cent­ly al­lo­cat­ed to­wards ed­u­ca­tion in the na­tion­al bud­get, Gar­cia said it was an in­di­ca­tor that the Gov­ern­ment was putting a tremen­dous fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion. There­fore, he said teach­ers and stu­dents were be­ing trained in In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­o­gy.


“By the time you’re ready to write CSEC, that will be done strict­ly on­line. It is be­cause we are in the dig­i­tal age and if we are to be suc­cess­ful, then we have to make sure that our teach­ers and our stu­dents are able to come to grips with what we are of­fer­ing. As a re­sult, our teach­ers are present­ly trained in the use of tech­nol­o­gy. To be more pre­cise, in the use of ICT. ICT train­ing is on­go­ing and we have been able to train more than 1200 of our teach­ers,” Gar­cia said.

With this method, the stu­dents’ progress in the use of ICT will be tracked by the Min­istry. The stu­dents’ re­sults will be com­pared to the re­sults un­der the old sys­tem. Gar­cia said this may al­so ap­ply to the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­cien­cy Ex­am­i­na­tion.

“Since we are do­ing all of those things for you, you have a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. And your re­spon­si­bil­i­ty is to en­sure that you pay at­ten­tion to all the things that are be­ing taught and I am sure that you can do that be­cause we have es­tab­lished that you are bright, very bright.”

He said that Build­ing and De­sign, An­i­ma­tion, Sup­ply Chain and Lo­gis­tic Man­age­ment and Tourism will soon be in­tro­duced in the class­room. But while the top stu­dents who were cel­e­brat­ed were de­scribed as be­ing “ bright”, Gar­cia said the 2000 stu­dents who did not do well in the re­cent SEA ex­am­i­na­tions can­not be for­got­ten. He said that not all stu­dents learn at the same rate and the cur­ricu­lum will soon be ad­just­ed to meet their needs.


Min­is­ter of State in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Lovell Fran­cis en­cour­aged the stu­dents to con­tin­ue to work hard. Fran­cis told them that if they were able to place in the top 200 in SEA, the odds are good that they will do well in CSEC in five years. For those who move on to CAPE, he said their chances of win­ning schol­ar­ships were al­so high.

-  by Kevon Felmine