National exam dates may be changed

Amid nationwide school closures, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the government is considering extending the dates for this year’s national examinations.

“The Ministry of Education’s leadership, in collaboration with Cambridge, the examination company out of England, are now working a decision on the extension of the examination timetable,” Lloyd said in the House of Assembly.

“This is now being finalized and I invite all persons to pay very close attention to future announcements that will come forth in just a matter of days.”

Schools across The Bahamas are closed until April 14 amid growing concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lloyd said yesterday that he will not allow those closures to impact students’ ability to sit the national exams.

He said the government will provide evening and weekend prep classes once schools reopen.

Lloyd also noted that COVID-19 would also impact the deadline for the Ministry of Education’s scholarship program.

“The deadline would’ve been March 31, 2020. The Ministry of Education extends that deadline to April 30, 2020,” he said.

“Interested, suitably qualified applicants are invited to go to and make the application accordingly and make sure that all relevant necessary documents are uploaded and ensure that the application process is completed.”

So far, there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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