Education Minister Octavia Bonnie Alfred
Dominica's Education Minister Octavia Alfred (FILE PHOTO)

Education Minister Octavia Alfred has announced, that the Ministry of Education has taken a decision to push back the 2022 Grade Six National Assessment (G6NA) exams which were scheduled to be held on May 26 and 27, 2022.

According to Education Minister Alfred, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic year 2021/22 started in October 2021, one month after the scheduled start date.

“Classes were held virtually, and a number of students did not master certain concepts and skills, due mainly to lack of dependable internet access and instructional support at home,” the Minister said.

“This year, the new date for the G6NA is Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, 2022. These new dates will allow the children to receive additional instructional support by schools since they are engaged in face-to-face learning presently.”

She disclosed that students will be accessed in Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Science.

“This year, the Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics papers will be done as paper and pencil exams as in previous years while the Social Sciences will be piloted as an e-paper nationally. The success of this pilot will inform further assessments,” Education Minister Alfred stated.

The students she stated will be required to attend their respective centers as has been done in the past.

“Students are already engaged in taking online exams and the Ministry of Education IT Unit will continue to give support to all schools to ensure that students get sufficient practice in taking online assessments leading up to the final exams. The exams will be administered using all COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education safe guidelines for the safe reopening of schools,” the Minister said.