Armed with umbrellas, scores of anxious parents braved scattered showers today as they stood outside of the examination centre at Springer Memorial School after dropping their children off at the gate.
Principal of Belmont Primary School Pamela Ifill was also on hand giving her final words of encouragement to her students just before they were escorted to their exam rooms.
She told Barbados TODAY: “They are very prepared, and they have been working tirelessly for the last few years, especially for the last year, giving up their weekends sometimes and their holidays, all in preparation for this big day.”
Alicia Hunte, a parent whose daughter attends Charles F Brome Memorial School, tried to keep her composure as she walked her daughter into the school.
However, though confident her daughter would do well, she was admittedly “a little nervous”. So too was Subeana Knight-Forde who was not so good at hiding her anxiety.
“I am feeling a bit nervous but I always put God first and I told my child to do the same. It was a long hard road, but . . . she did a lot of lessons and she was very confident going in,” the anxious parent said.
Meanwhile, over at St Michael School, Robertina Watts was relaxed.
She told reporters that her daughter, Tatiyanna, was ready after much preparation.
“It was challenging because sometimes she wanted to do the work and then other times she would not do it, but her teacher really worked with her in motivating her and her classmates,” Watts said.