The Education Ministry has devised a strategy to place grade six students in public secondary schools based on classwork, home work, projects and tests, since the annual evaluation of Grade Six students has been cancelled.
“Grade six students will be assigned and offered placements in public secondary schools using data gathered at the school level from continuous in-school assessments, particularly classwork, home work, projects and tests,” said the education ministry in a press release.
The new strategy for assigning the 1,451 registered grade six students to a secondary school will also take into account where they live, special educational needs, special health and safety circumstances, and performance.
According to Director of Education Clare Browne, every school will get somebody from the grade six level at the Antigua Grammar School and the Antigua Girls’ High School.
“Outstanding achievers will be offered placements at the Antigua Girls High School, Antigua Grammar School or any other preferred public secondary school,” once there is space under what would have been previously called “the top 100”, the director explained.
“Large schools with 29 or more grade sixers will get to send four girls and four boys to Antigua Girls’ High School and Antigua Grammar school respectively,
Medium schools with 15 to 28, they will send three and then small schools – those with grade sixers that are 15 and below in number – then they will get one placed at each of those schools,” he said.
Outstanding achievers will be determined by a ranking system based on their performance in term one and mid-term of term two, and that information will be submitted by the school to the Measurement and Evaluation Unit.