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Educator: Don’t rush 11-Plus changes


JOHN SEALY

Educator: Don’t rush 11-Plus changes

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Barbados’ educational system is producing a less desirable product and at the same time promoting classism among schools, but debate rages on as to whether the controversial Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Exam, also known as the 11-Plus, is the cause or the scapegoat.

This was the takeaway after two well known educators addressed the topic 11-Plus Taking Time Ain’t Laziness during the Astor B. Watts lunchtime lecture series at the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) headquarters, George Street, St Michael Friday.

DLP first vice-president Irene Sandiford-Garner, in her opening remarks, said the lecture was in the context of a statement by Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw, who last week in the Estimates Debate said this year was likely to be the last for the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.

But guests Wendell Callender and John Goddard offered different views regarding the reason the education system seems to be failing the student. (JS)

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