The Ministry of Education has launched its Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) online portal – the latest initiative of the ministry as part of its digital transformation efforts – where 2022 candidates and their parents will have the option of accessing this year’s SEA results from the comfort of their homes.
Results will become available from July 1.
At the launch, held at the ministry on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said as the covid19 pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation, more is expected of the ministry.
Gadsby-Dolly said, “During covid19, we were expected to transform and transform quickly and now that we have been in that experience for going on three years, there are certain things expected of our operations and therefore we must adjust.”
A statement from the ministry said, “For this current academic year, both web-based and paper-based results will be available, and the paper-based result slips must be collected for student placement in the secondary school system. It is expected however, that by 2023, paper-based results will be completely phased out.”
Information and Communications Technology Director Cory Belfon said in the second phase of the rollout, the ministry hopes schools will be able to retrieve records and register students for classes.
“(Students) will also be able to access numeracy, literacy platforms and e-books. We’re making it easier for the digital natives of today to do everything completely online but still have the option to get a hard copy to satisfy legal considerations and access for those who would prefer a hard copy.”
He said on the online platform, a PDF version of the unofficial results can be downloaded for the private viewing of parents and students. However, he warned that students’ results are private and not meant to be posted to social media sites.
“The idea is to ensure that students go on an integrated journey…We’re bringing an integrated, connected experience closer to students.”
Gadsby-Dolly also said the launch of the online portal is another thrust to get students accustomed to other online platforms like e-testing. “That is the direction CXC (the Caribbean Examination Council) is moving in and therefore we at the ministry must ensure our students are adequately prepared.”
The statement also said between May 25 to June 7, 2022, the ICT team at the ministry conducted several beta testing sessions on the system for various user groups.
“Among the stakeholders contributing to this exercise were principals, school supervisors and representatives from the TT Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA), Home School Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HATT), Private Primary Schools Association and the Division of Education, Research and Technology, Tobago House of Assembly (THA).”
Belfon said one of the key considerations in terms of building capacity into the system was to ensure the number of users anticipated on the day won’t lead to a crash.
“Of course, we have contingency measures in place (if it does). We will be well prepared.”
For more information on SEA Results and the SEA online portal, users can visit https://www.moe.gov.tt/sea-2022.