Education Minister Shawn Edward has welcomed the historic introduction of the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) at 21 centres in Saint Lucia, describing the development as bold and progressive.
On Thursday, over two thousand Grade Six students began writing the CPEA.
It assesses the literacies required by all students exiting primary school and replaces the Common Entrance Examinations.
The Education Minister toured several of the centres where the CPEA was underway and said he was happy with what he saw.
He observed that the children were in good spirits and declared that the administrators were ‘on top of their game.’
“I think the results that the children will obtain at the end of this assessment process will be a much more accurate reflection of their abilities across the subject areas that are being assessed,” the veteran Educator expressed.
“I am hoping this year that we can go through it with very few hiccups and if at all there are little problems that surface during the course of the day that next year when we get ourselves ready for CPEA again we can iron out those issues,” the Dennery North MP told the Communications Unit of his Ministry.
Edward said it was a bold and courageous move by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration collaboratively with the Caribbean Examinations Council to roll out the CPEA in Saint Lucia.
The Minister also reiterated the government’s commitment to technology in education.
And he recalled that Saint Joseph’s Convent recently unveiled a model smart classroom.
“The plan is to have that kind of infrastructure in as many schools as possible,” Edwards noted.
But he explained that this would not happen overnight with every school having the same quality of the facility that St Joseph’s Convent has.