COVID-19 protocols in place as NGSA begins

Students washing their hands upon entering the school compound for NGSA

The National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) begins today.

Some 14,730 students are registered to write the exams at both public and private schools.

This year, however, the situation is different in light of COVID-19.

Students maintaining social distancing

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and other stakeholders were against the Education Ministry’s decision to hold the exams now.

Nevertheless, the Ministry is reinforcing that all COVID-19 guidelines are in place to protect students and teachers.

“Therefore, only examination candidates, invigilators and other authorised persons will be allowed into the school compounds,” the Ministry said in a statement late last night.

“All other persons including parents, media personnel and the general public are advised not to enter any school compound. This measure is for the safety and well-being of all.”

The Education Ministry had contended that students can opt out of writing the exams but they will be placed in a school closest to their address.