The Ministry of Education today announced that the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) is expected to be administered in July.
“The National Grade Six Assessment is expected to be held within the next two months,” de facto Minister of Education Nicolette Henry was quoted as saying today in a statement issued by the ministry. “The technical officers are working on that… they’re planning to roll it out and to get the students to write that examination [soon],” she added.
The statement further said that ample time will be given to parents and students to prepare and urged parents to work along with their children.
Additionally, the minister said that in light of the national curfew and other measures put in place by caretaker president David Granger and the National COVID-19 Task Force, schools will not reopen before June 3.
The NGSA was originally set for April 8 and 9, however, the exams were postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus.
The minister noted that her office recognises the importance of the examinations and is working to ensure that no child is disenfranchised. “The ministry would have to get the blessing of the National Task Force and the Ministry of Public Health when the plan is finalised,” the release further quoted her as saying.
The ministry’s statement also said that it will be providing continued academic learning online via social media platforms along with televised and radio broadcasting. Persons can visit the ministry’s website (https://www.education.gov.gy/web/) to access NGSA Practice Test Papers in the four core areas. The Guyana Learning Channel (Channel 42/ Cable 29) is also providing several programmes for primary school students every day from 9 am to 12 pm.