Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly

The Ministry of Education is giving parents of students set to write the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination on June 10, the option to defer and instead have their children sit the exam in 2022 instead.

Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly confirmed to Guardian Media late yesterday evening that a memo circulated to school supervisor and principals stating the option was legitimate.

According to the two-page memo from the Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education, “The Ministry of Education is cognizant of the challenges experienced by students preparing to sit the SEA 2021, and having consulted with key Educational Stakeholders, has decided to offer the option to apply for a deferral of the sitting of the SEA from 2021 to 2022.”

The memo stated that parents must submit a written request to the principal of the school stating the reason for the request for deferral. If it based on medical reasons, supporting documentation must accompany the request.

The requests will be reviewed by class teachers along with principals who have been asked to consider project class size in 2022 when determining the requests.

Principals are asked to submit the number of requests for deferrals to the district office by May 17, following which school supervisors would be collating the information which would be sent to the Chief Education Officer by May 21.

The Ministry of Education, according to the memo, will also be allowing students from Infant 1 to Standard 4, who have been affected academically by the closure of in-person classes, to repeat their present class level in the 2021 to 2022 academic year, after consultation with parents and guardians.