Parents have been warned against rushing to the Ministry of Education asking for transfers of children who sat this year’s Common Entrance Examination.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones, in a press conference to announce the top performers in this year’s exam, warned that transfer requests would not be entertained.
He called on parents to accept the schools to which their children were allocated, insisting that there would be no re-allocations.
“I don’t want to leave any doubt. There will be no re-allocations. We go with your choices. I want to repeat it. I would urge parents therefore to congratulate their children, love them as you should, as you must give them all the support that you should give them and ensure that they make the transition as unproblematic as possible, as they continue their educational journey,” he stressed.
Jones explained that allocation to schools was done through an involved process that depended on parental choice and zoning, among other factors.
On this note, he said given that schools had a designated number of students that could be enrolled every year, it was “extremely” difficult to find spaces for transfers.
“When I first came in this Ministry in 2008 and I did a speech day, I told parents in this country that schools are not elastic. There may be six first forms in some, there may be seven and in some there are five or four.
“And we have to observe standards and the appropriate space for each child.
“I know persons have their favourite schools, or, I went to school x and I wanted my child to go to school x and my child went to school.
“[However] it is difficult . . . trying to find something that don’t exist,” he warned.
This year’s Common Entrance exam was written on May 3, at 22 centres by 3, 527 students from 68 public primary schools, and 26 private primary schools. Of that number
3, 283 were allocated places in public secondary schools, as compared to 3, 297 in 2015.