As Class 4 students await the results of the Common Entrance Examination, some of them have been getting some tips on what to expect when they head into secondary school in September.
The Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit has been holding sessions this week, entitled In the Winning Circle – Making the Right Choice, for those pupils of schools in St Philip and Christ Church.
The annual initiative, now in its ninth year, is done in collaboration with Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Family Planning Association and the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors.
“We look at issues like substance abuse, self-esteem, the law and you, your body and you, bullying and conflict resolution,” explained coordinator of the programme, Modupe Sobeyi-Boadu.
The organizers target schools in specific zones each year, because they do not have the resources to carry out the programme on a national scale. However, that does not stop schools outside the catchment areas from participating.
“We often have schools familiar to the programme asking whether we are still having it, and despite the fact that it targets different areas, tomorrow we have St Mary’s [Primary] coming – even though they are in Bridgetown, the principal really wants them to take part – and St George Primary will also be coming in. So, once we have space and resources we have no problem allowing students to come,” Sobeyi-Boadu said.
The programme targets both public and private primary schools, and today’s session at the Frank Walcott Labour College was attended by students from the St Martin’s-Mangrove Primary School and Reynold Weekes Primary School.