Good evening, everyone:
I have been away for a long time but note that all email and comment responses are now up-to-date so you can check your email/comment section.
I will try to post a Q & A at a later date since some of the questions asked fell into the same category and others may benefit.
I wish you well and belated New Year’s greetings.
Recently I have not been posting questions online but answering in email since it is easier than posting the backlog that has built up, however, here is a question with which you, the readers can help. One reader asks for a recommendation for a gynaecologist whose expertise is tubal ligation reversal. If you have any recommendations, kindly send an email to email@example.com.
Thank you and best wishes,
Good evening, readers.
The Ministry of Education has issued a statement indicating that, due to Union meetings, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm.
Please see the following link in regards to OAS scholarships available until March 31, 2016.
According to the Tuesday, January 19, 2016 edition of the Nation newspaper, the Higher Education Tuition Grant is available and the Ministry of Education is inviting UWI students (of all campuses) to apply. To be eligible for the full grant, annual household income cannot exceed $25,000 or $2,100 a month. The student must have full-time status.
Partial grants are available to one part-time student whose annual household income is between $25,001 and $35,000 or $2,100 and $3,000 monthly. If there is more than one student from the household studying at UWI, then the restriction is for an annual household income of $45,000 or less or $3,750 a month or less.
Good evening, dear readers.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have been faithfully reading, commenting and sending your queries and kind comments about how helpful this blog has been to you.
I also thank you for your patience and loyalty, since this busy mom has lessened the frequency of her blog posts. As I have said before, this is a labour of love freely given, but my family and my work need to be priority, I appreciate your understanding.
I wish you and your family a 2016 that is the fulfillment of your dreams, the happiness you deserve and I wish you strength and grace under pressure when Life challenges you. May God go with you.
A question was asked about student visas for foreign nationals to attend school in Barbados. I will try to write a proper article during the week. For now, please check the following links:
Advice on the process:
Please note, there has been an addition to the school calendar. The Ministry of Education has announced that there will be NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 to accommodate the launch of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Independence.
Just in case you did not get the opportunity to attend the 11 plus Town Hall Meetings this year (the final meeting was this evening at 5pm at the St. Michael School), here are a few important points to note. Additional information is also available here
Examination: Time and Structure
The examination takes place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
It begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Essay, which takes approximately 30 minutes. The English paper begins around 9:40 a.m. and is for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is in two parts. The first section is 70 questions worth 1 mark each. It mostly consists of multiple choice and underlining the correct answers. The second section consists of 15 questions worth two marks each. It is important that we as parents remind our children the importance of writing in complete sentences. It turns out that if your child has a correct one-word answer that the student will receive NO MARKS for that answer.
There will be a half-hour break for snacks (nothing too heavy to eat so the children can concentrate better), then there is the Mathematics paper, comprised of three sections. Part A = 20 questions for 1 mark each. These are basic knowledge and this is the simplest section. Part B measures the student’s ability to comprehend what he/she is doing. This “comprehension” section has 25 questions worth 2 marks each. Of course, this section is a little more challenging. Finally, Part C, the most challenging section, contains 10 questions worth 3 marks each. It measures the child’s ability to reason. Remind your child of the importance of showing his/her working in the columns provided. If the child has the wrong answer but the working makes sense, a mark or two may still be attained.
Early sitters and deferrals
In order for a child to sit the exam early (i.e. not 11-years old by August 31, 2016), that child needs to have maintained a score of 85% or above in both English and Maths for all three terms in Class 2 and all three terms in Class 3. Parents may receive an Early Sitters form from the school’s Principal.
Deferrals are allowed up to age 12, however, the student must be scoring less than 20% in English and Mathematics. Deferrals may also be considered if the student suffered prolonged illness, e.g. for over a month. Parents may receive a Deferral form from the school’s Principal.
Non-nationals MUST have a student visa or be a citizen by descent. The cost for a student visa is $300. Note that if a student has been in Barbadian schools without a visa, for example for four years, ALL monies would need to be paid before the examination, i.e. $1,200.
Choice of School Forms
Also, the Ministry may make the forms available online this year. All forms are to be given to the Principal NOT the Ministry of Education.
“Special Request” forms are available if needed. Special need examples include:
Vision – request for examination papers with larger print (no medical report needed). Parents of students who are fully visually impaired must give early notice so that the exam can be prepared in Braille.
ADHD – child put in other room so he/she can focus better and is less of a distraction for other sitters.
Uncontrolled diabetes (if child has to eat every 30 minutes, e.g.) – put in separate room.
Dyslexia – extra 15 minutes per paper. Medical report required (psychological evaluation).
Problems with hands – writers can be provided but request should be made early in advance (6 months the latest). If a child breaks his/her hand close to the exam, an alternate exam will be administered once a doctor reports that the hand is sufficiently healed.
Examination results are normally available in June.