Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:31

NGSA off to smooth start

NGSA 2With some 15,200 students from both public and private schools from across Guyana sitting the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations on Wednesday, there were mixed reactions about their performance.

The NGSA examination lasts for two days, during which primary students are assessed in four subject areas. On Wednesday, students wrote Papers One and Two in English Language and Science. Today, students will be writing Papers One and Two Mathematics and Social Studies.

Guyana Times caught up with some of the students after the exam on Wednesday to get their reactions. After the bell rang at 15:00h, students began pouring out of St Margret’s Primary School on Camp Street as anxious parents waited inside and outside of the compound. Akeem Green said that the examination was “fine”, noting that he had some problems with Science Paper Two. Another student Shanaiya Phillips said that the exam was very easy and that she also had issues with Science.
This newspaper also visited St Agnes Primary School on Church Street, where students expressed their preparedness for the final day. Shemar Ross said “it was a good exam, Paper Two Science give me some problems where you had to answer about soil but I didn’t get to answer it but tomorrow (today) I will be ready,” he said.
Messiah Long told Guyana Times that the examination was easy and he did not have any problems. “I am ready for tomorrow, I have studied enough,” he noted. Then Shanayya Kingston stated that the examination was easy but noted it had “lil tricks”. “You just had to use your mind,” she remarked confidently. Students from the St Angela’s Primary also spoke with this publication. Both Shanaiya Clarke and Andy Richardson said that the exam was fairly easy and they are prepared for today’s examinations.

NGSA is a placement exam offered at the end of the primary cycle to determine which secondary school students will be placed. These candidates have already done the National Grade Four and Grade Two Assessments back in 2013 and 2011, respectively. Meanwhile, Education Minister Priya Manickchand and Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) – Primary, Marcel Hutson, visited the Latchmansingh Primary School in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) to extend best wishes to the 97 students who are sitting the NGSA examination.NGSA 1

The Minister said a prayer with the Latchmansingh Primary students before advising them to take their time and answer all the questions on the paper. Manickchand told this newspaper that from all indications, the implementation of the examination was running very smoothly across the country as there were no reports of any mishaps.

Minor hiccups

The Education Minister anticipates that the students’ performance this year will be better than last year. Results are expected to be announced on or before June 4.
Manickchand further pointed out that Guyana is doing better now than it ever has, with more students passing in every single subject area.
Over in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), St Theresa’s Primary in New Amsterdam had a shortage of the question papers for English Language. This newspaper was made to understand that the Examination Division of the Ministry of Education had dispatched a short supply to that school.
Regional Educational Officer of Region Six, Volika Jaikishun, was informed and immediately secured the additional papers for St Theresa’s Primary from other schools that had extras.

A total of 1919 students from 54 primary schools in the region had registered to write the examination, however, 1903 were present on the first day. This newspaper also spoke to some of the students in that region to get their reaction. Elion Campbell of Cropper Primary said that he is hoping to be awarded a school in Georgetown when the results are out. “I want to go to Bishops or Queen’s College.” He added that if he is successful, he has been promised a trip to the USA as such he has been studying a lot.

Another student who hopes to make the school proud is Hamzah Mohabir whose favourite subject is English Language. He was very confident after the first examination saying that it was easy. “Because I over came most of the questions… I was sure about all of the answers,” he said. Meanwhile, Junnella Sampson of Port Mourant Primary is aiming to be awarded a spot at President’s Collage. “English Language was easy because everything that came on the paper we covered already,” she said.


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