Veteran Educator says: Review Common Entrance Exam

Veteran Educator, Doctor Virginia Albert-Poyotte, believes that the Common Entrance Examination should be reviewed.

The former General Secretary of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT), noted that universal secondary education currently exists in Saint Lucia, guaranteeing every child a place at secondary school.

Albert-Poyotte told the Times that it was most important to ensure that when students enter secondary school, they can perform at the entry level.

“To allow students to do a one time exam does not serve the purpose of preparing that child to operate at secondary level,” the former President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union asserted.

She recalled cases where children enter secondary school without knowing how to read and write properly.

“That should never happen,” Albert-Poyotte declared.

She expressed the opinion that there should continuous assessment where checks and balances are put in place and remedial work is done, to ensure that a child continues to perform and learn and is prepared for secondary school.

The veteran educator felt that Common Entrance has outlived its usefulness.

She told the Times that the exam should be seriously reviewed to better serve the needs of the children.

Albert-Poyotte said that teachers can do their regular assessment while the Ministry of Education can standardize the approach to the assessment, to ensure a common standard throughout the Island.

She spoke of the need for teachers to examine the areas of weaknesses that students have and help the students improve.

“No child should enter secondary school performing below the national mean,” Albert-Poyotte asserted.



  1. Think
    July 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This woman lacks all credibility. These experts are really all crawling out from the woodwork. Maybe one can make a statement on this later.

    1. Sad-But-True
      July 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

      I was surprised when i heard she is a holder of a Doctoral degree. SMH. They must be giving this to any body now.

  2. Techer
    July 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    It does not only take the school to prepare students for exams, their homes and their willingness to learn helps. Those who perform below academic acceptance should be provided with a technical option. Not all student’s are academically inclined.