Posted: Monday, August 9, 2021. 3:38 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Francis Fonseca has confirmed that there will be no sitting of the Primary School Examination (PSE) for the 2021-2022, but that there is a larger plan for examinations going forward.
Appearing on the Open Your Eyes morning talk show today, Fonseca said that assessments are important for the education system, but that he has long been questioning the effectiveness of exams such as the Belize Junior Achievement Test (BJAT) and the PSE, as well as their relevance in modern education.
“Certainly we are of the view that examinations like the BJAT and PSE have really passed their time and we need to develop new and creative models of properly assessing our students,” Fonseca said.
He noted that two sets of students have gone without sitting the PSE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, further proving the exams’ relevance is not what it once was. Fonseca said that there are ongoing discussions at the Ministry about what model of assessment will be used going forward.
The Ministry is preparing to host a press conference on August 19, where more insight about the state of the education system and plans for the future are expected to be shared.
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