Over 18,849 pupils sit SEA today

Some 18,849 stu­dents are ex­pect­ed to sit the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) in over 483 pri­ma­ry schools across the coun­try to­day.

The ex­am­i­na­tion com­pris­es fo­cus in two sub­ject ar­eas - Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics. This will be split in­to three pa­pers which all stu­dents must at­tempt - Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing, Math­e­mat­ics and Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts.

The math­e­mat­ics com­po­nent car­ries 100 marks, the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts 60 and the Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts and Cre­ative Writ­ing 40.

The stu­dents’ scores will be com­bined and used for place­ment of stu­dents in­to some 141 sec­ondary schools through­out the coun­try lat­er this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s As­sess­ment Frame­work for the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) 2019-2023, there have been some changes to the ex­am­i­na­tion. These are as fol­lows:

— Re­duc­tion in the num­ber of items in the Math­e­mat­ics and Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts pa­pers

— In­tro­duc­tion of ex­plic­it lev­els of think­ing for the ob­jec­tives that are as­sessed for

Read­ing Com­pre­hen­sion and Math­e­mat­ics

— As­sess­ment of spelling, punc­tu­a­tion, cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion and gram­mar in con­text (short pas­sages)

— In­cor­po­ra­tion of mon­ey as a com­po­nent un­der the num­ber strand in Math­e­mat­ics

— Use of prose/fic­tion­al pas­sages as part of the com­pre­hen­sion

— In­creased em­pha­sis on Read­ing Com­pre­hen­sion

Last year, 65.5 per cent of stu­dents scored above 50 per cent in the ex­am. Of these, 58.8 per cent of stu­dents sit­ting the ex­am scored above 50 in math­e­mat­ics, 57.9 per cent scored above 50 per cent in Eng­lish Lan­guage, and 55.5 per cent scored 50 per cent in Cre­ative writ­ing.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, the ex­am­i­na­tion has seen girls out­per­form­ing the boys.

Last year, Gand­hi Memo­r­i­al Vedic School’s Saeish Ram­per­sad topped the ex­am­i­na­tion with a 100 per cent score while sec­ond place was held by Ja­da Ram­nath of the same school.

Reporter: Rishard Khan

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