The first day of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) was met with complaints of short notice and a student being prohibited from sitting the exam in Santa Rosa.
Graham Atkinson, the Santa Rosa Village councillor, yesterday complained that persons in Santa Rosa, Region One, were not given adequate time to prepare for the exam.
However, the Ministry announced that students from each of the regions would be sitting the exam yesterday and today.
With the short notice, invigilators were sent from Santa Rosa to more rural parts of the region to invigilate the exams but Atkinson complained that the safety of students turning out to write the exam was not clear considering that he was not certain that the facilities where the exam was written were thoroughly sanitised, bearing in mind there has been a continuous spike in number of active cases in the region.
In the release, the Minister of Education Nicolette Henry, as well as the Chief Education Officer Carol Benn offered their best wishes to the candidates and thanked parents for coming onboard and showing support by having the students turn out to write the exam.