Last days of 11-Plus exam?

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This year’s sitting of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination by thousands of primary school students is likely to be the last.

Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw announced that public consultations on a replacement for the exam, also known as the Common Entrance or 11-Plus, would start next month.

She said the hope was that as early as next year there would be a new method for students to transition from primary to secondary school.

However, Government backbencher Gline Clarke is not in agreement and has called for a referendum to be held on the issue.

Bradshaw was responding to questions on the issue from Members of Parliament yesterday as the House of Assembly debated the $320.1 million proposed for her ministry on the opening day of the 2020/2021 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure. If approved by the House, it will be the largest funding of any ministry. (SC)

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