Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 17:20

NGSA 2020 begins, under strict COVID-19 guidelines

-Education Minister extends best wishes to all learners

The National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) began today with 14, 730 pupils registered to write the examination across Guyana. This examination facilitates the placement of Grade Six learners into secondary schools and will conclude tomorrow, July 2nd, 2020.
Necessitated by the countrywide efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the NGSA examination is being administered with the strictest guidelines outlined in gazetted and published Examination Order 73/2020 which states the public health measures that must be followed during the sitting of all examinations (NGSA, CSEC, CAPE) during this time. news 20200701
Minister of Education, Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry in a message to Grade Six pupils across the country, encouraged them to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and to read their examination questions carefully before attempting to answer them.
Minister Henry extended best wishes to all the candidates as she is aware that they are writing their examination during unprecedented and challenging times. Further, the Education Minister noted that the Ministry of Education is aware of the hard work learners, teachers, parents and guardians have dedicated to preparing for these examinations that will assist in paving the way for their future success.
Assistant Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Carol Benn who heads the Primary Sector within the Ministry of Education said that she visited a number of schools today and was happy to report that schools are in a state of readiness. She said that based on preliminary reports, there was a high attendance of students.
She said that she is satisfied that all the systems have been put in place to ensure the safety of students, invigilators and all authorised personnel allowed into the school compound. Mrs. Benn noted that prior to the reopening of schools for these examinations, they were thoroughly sanitized and fumigated to ensure a safe and clean environment.
Moreover, Mrs. Benn expressed her elation that parents have come on-board to support the call for the examinations to be written at this time. She said that the support is evident in the attendance of students to write the examination. She thanked all teachers that helped to prepare the schools and put the necessary systems in place to have the examination administered. news 20200701 2
Senior Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Brushell Blackman said that Education Officers will be visiting schools across the country to ensure that each school complies with the examination order. He said that the importance of the examination cannot be overstated and that the safety and well-being of students and everyone authorised to enter the school compounds is also important.
English Language and Science Papers one and two will be written today and Mathematics and Social Studies Papers one and two will be written tomorrow, Thursday July 2nd, 2020.
The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) will begin on July 13th, 2020.

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