Chik V delays grade-4 literacy exam
This year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests has been pushed back almost a month.
The tests, which were initially scheduled for June 4 and 5, will now be administered on June 30 and July 1.
Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites, who made the announcement on Friday, says the change was to make up for the time lost in September and October last year due to the impact of the Chikungunya virus (CHIK V).
Thwaites noted that hundreds of students and teachers across the island were severely affected by CHIKV and were unable to attend school.
The Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy levels at grade four in keeping with international requirements and standards.
Last year 77.4 per cent of the age cohort achieved the acceptable standard of mastery in literacy while 58 per cent of students attained mastery in numeracy.
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