Grades 2, 4 & 9 assessments will not be done in new academic year; NGSA may be in July

The annual assessments conducted for children in Grades Two, Four and Nine will not be done in the upcoming 2021/ 2022 academic year which commences on September 6.

This is according to the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Dr. Marcel Hutson who was speaking at a press conference on Friday.

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“We have taken a stance that there is no point going in that direction because students have not been exposed (to learning) in the way we want them to be exposed,” Dr. Hutson said.

Meanwhile, he also noted that the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), which is Guyana’s secondary school entrance examination, is scheduled for July 6 and 7; this however may be subject to change.

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“We also said that learning will not be done in the usual manner when school reopens. Instead, learning will meet the tailored needs of children, after an assessment of their learning needs is met.

“This is important because the ministry understands that the pandemic and virtual learning has contributed to some learning loss,” Dr. Hutson told the news conference.

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