A total of 3,426 students – 96 more than last year – will on Tuesday write the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE), commonly referred to as the Common Entrance or the 11-plus exam.
According to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, the figure comprises 1,738 males and 1,688 females, who are registered to take the exam at 22 secondary schools across the island.
This year, 14 students requested permission to write the secondary school entrance exam early at age ten, while 109 students requested deferrals until 2019. However, only 106 deferrals were granted.
Forty-eight exemptions were also granted.
Additionally, there were 111 special requests made by parents on behalf of their children, mainly for extra time and enlarged print.
This year’s BSSEE exam will be taken by 148 non-nationals who have met the island’s immigration requirements.
As a result of the May 8 exam, the Ministry of Education has advised that there will be no classes for students who attend secondary schools, as these facilities will be used as examination centres. (BGIS)