Friday, June 21, 2024

MOE says no PSE again this year


The Primary School Examination (PSE) for 2021-2022 is again suspended this year as per the Minister of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology (MOE), the Honourable Francis Fonseca. The minister indicated that there are other plans, like getting students adjusted to the pandemic-style system of learning applied in 2020. These include the absence of the PSE and the Belize Junior Achievement Test (BJAT).

Fonseca said assessments are important to the education system, but he doubts the PSE or BJAT relates to modern education. Fonseca believes that such examination methods should be upgraded or replaced with new and creative models that properly assess students. He based this on the fact that two sets of students have moved on to high school without sitting the PSE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, his ministry has ongoing discussions about new models of assessments that will be used in the future.

In the case of the PSE, the examination mainly used in San Pedro Town was held every year between April and June. It was divided into two parts, with the first phase usually testing students in English and Science. In the second part, students were challenged in Mathematics and Social Studies.

The future of the PSE or BJAT will be unveiled on August 19th, when MOE updates its new education system.

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