Even though tomorrow’s Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (BSSEE) is important, it is not the end of the world, but rather the beginning of a new chapter of continuous self-development.
This assurance was given to 45 Class 4 students of the St Alban’s Primary School, who will be sitting the annually anticipated 11-Plus Examination, by St James North MP Edmund Hinkson in his pep talk to them this afternoon. He had in the morning given a similar advice to the young ones of the Gordon Greenidge Primary School.
“Life is full of challenges and exams, and this is the first major one that you will have . . . . Once you are determined to achieve and you put your mind to it, you will get through. Tomorrow is an important day, but also just another day in your life, and you should not feel nervous or anxious about it,” he said.
“Tell mummy or daddy that they don’t need to hang around when you are doing the exam and that they can drop you there and come back when you are finished, rather than get nervous waiting outside until everything is finished.”
Hinkson urged the students not to forget the relationships they fostered at primary school, as they move on to secondary, as he noted that friendships born at the primary level were usually long-lasting and genuine. The Member of Parliament told the charges that although they hadpreferred schools they should not to be disappointed or saddened if they did not pass for those schools.
Suggesting that every school had its value, the former Harrison College student told the students that once they were disciplined, and applied themselves, and focused on their work, they would do well at whatever school they attended.
“Don’t let anyone try to tell you that you have failed or that you didn’t do well. All the schools are well equipped. They all have teachers who are qualified and who are trained on how to teach; and some of the newer secondary schools that may be not as popular as the older secondary schools have better facilities . . . like better science labs and maybe better sports grounds,” he said.
Hinkson advised the children that as they moved to secondary school they had to work harder and not become distracted, or get involved in drugs, bullying or bad behaviour.
The MP also gave the students some advice on how to spend the night and hours leading up to tomorrow’s examination: “Go to sleep early tonight because it makes no sense cramming now at this last minute. Your teachers have gone through all of it with you. Get up and get an early breakfast tomorrow and get to the examination on time so that you can get used to the environment and calm any nerves you may have.”