Education Minister Priya Manickchand has announced that next year’s Grade Six Assessment Examinations will not take place in March or April because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said it is likely that the exams will be pushed back to later in the year or another form of assessment will be used to place students in high schools.
“The exams will not be written in March/April, We’re definitely going to be postponing it, if we write it at all, it is our exam. We can set it; we can determine how we write it and whether we write it. It’s a placement exam and there are other ways that we can place students fairly, into secondary schools and we’re looking at that”, the Minister said.
On the issue of Grade Six students returning to the classroom, the Education Minister said much more consideration will have to be given to such a move, despite the urging of some parents.
There are over 13,000 students registered for Grade Six in Guyana. Schools in Guyana have been closed since March.
Earlier this year, the common entrance exams were postponed by more than two months because of the same coronavirus pandemic.