Ministry of Education's offices in Port of Spain.

The Ministry of Education is reminding and assuring all parents and guardians that health and safety protocols designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, will be in full effect, tomorrow, as thousands of the nation’s children write the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA).

In an advisory issued to parents specifically, the Ministry states that any child presenting flu-like symptoms would be refused entry to the exam site.

However, it assures that the child will have the opportunity to do a make-up test.

The full text of the advisory from the Education Ministry, follows…

SEA Parent Advisory

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of roll back measures to continue to safeguard the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Education takes this opportunity to outline protocols in place for the upcoming Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Parents are reminded that there can be no congregating in or around school compounds. Please make arrangements to drop students off no later than 7:45 a.m. This is to facilitate screening and reception of students ahead of the examination which begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students must be collected promptly after the exam from approximately 1 p.m. Parents of children with concessions are advised to return at 1:30 p.m.

We encourage parents to heed the advice of the Minister of Health and take their children home directly. In accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Protocols students are required to wear masks and will be screened upon entry to the school compound for COVID-related symptoms.

Any student presenting with flu-like symptoms will be refused entry. Parents are therefore expected to ensure that their children are admitted to the school compound before exiting. We take this opportunity to urge parents again to keep children with flu-like symptoms at home. A make-up test would be available to students who are absent.

All other established COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols remain in effect and will be enforced among students and personnel.

These include:

●  Wearing masks over the nose and mouth

●  Washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer

●  Cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces • Maintaining a physical distance of six feet apart.

For further information please contact the Ministry’s Communications Division at 622-2181.

The Ministry of Education would like to take this opportunity to wish parents and students a safe and successful examination.