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Ministry of Education cautious as students prepare for exams

With students preparing for the final national exams, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) is making sure every health precaution is taken to protect students from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This was highlighted in a media release issued by M.E.S.C. this week. 

According to the release, the Ministry will make certain that safe management measures will continue to be implemented in all venues during the national examinations and that students showing symptoms of flu, will be fairly assessed and if need be, sent home to recover.

The Samoa National Primary Assessments 2020 for [Samoa Primary  Education Literacy Levels tests] S.P.E.L.L. Year 2, 4 and 6, as well as the Samoa Primary Education Certification of Achievement (S.P.E.C.A.) for Year 8 will both commence on the 30 November, 2020 and ends Friday 04 December.

Furthermore, the National Primary examinations for lower-primary levels will see approximately 5,930 students sitting the Year 2 tests for Numera (mathematics) and Gagana Samoa.

Similarly, a total of 5,670 and 4,980 students will sit the SPELL Year 4 & 6 in the 4 literacies i.e. Numeracy, English, Gagana Samoa and Science.

However, for the S.P.E.C.A., a total of 4,400 Year 8 students will be assessed on their knowledge and skills acquired at the end of primary education for all 7 subjects of the Samoa National Primary Curriculum.

Due to the impact of State of Emergency for COVID-19, the National Secondary Examinations has been postponed to December 07 – 17th.

These examinations target Year 12 and Year 13 students from all 41 Colleges sitting their Samoa School Certificate (S.S.C.) and the Samoa School Leaving Certificate (S.S.L.C.) exams respectively. 

More than 4,000 students are expected to sit the S.S.C. exam, and the S.S.L.C. exam.

School inspectors and principals are all playing crucial roles in the supervision and monitoring of the national assessment implementation processes. Their role is the key in ensuring the smooth and successful administration of the 2020 national examinations.

At the operational level, the teams of Assessment officers and administrators from the Education Ministry are working diligently to ensure that all schools and most importantly our students experience a supportive, stress-free, no hassle environment.

The Ministry also wished all the students of Samoa, the very best for this year’s Nationals.

For parents, please note that timetables and schedules for secondary examinations have already been distributed to schools and that these can also be accessed on the M.E.S.C. website http://www.mesc.gov.ws.

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