‘Great’ results

MINISTER OF EDUCATION Santia Bradshaw has described this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination results as “particularly exceptional”.

But while those returns were being trumpeted, she called for special emphasis to be placed on setting up specialist schools across the island to deal with those students who may not hit the high mark in such exams.  

Delivering the results at a press conference at the ministry’s Constitution Road, Bridgetown headquarters yesterday, Bradshaw, who said she was now back on the job full-time after treatment for breast cancer, revealed that 35 children earned a perfect score in mathematics – 25 more than last year.

This year, 3 379 students from 68 public primary schools and 29 private primary schools sat the May 7 exam, 39 fewer than 2018. While no students scored 100 on the English paper, the highest mark recorded was 99.