Grade 6 exam likely to phase out by 2019

Permanent Secretary for MEHRD, Dr Franco Rodie.
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THE Grade 6 National Examination known as the Solomon Islands Secondary Entrance (SISE) is highly likely to be phased out by 2019.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Dr Franco Rodie confirms to Island Sun yesterday that as soon as arrangements are finalised then they will inform key stakeholders of the new changes.

“As soon as arrangements are finalised, we will inform key education stakeholders, school principals, parents, students and the general public including the news media details of the termination of the Solomon Islands Secondary Entrance Examination (SISEE) particularly its current use for selection purpose.

“A new assessment regime that will focus on what students know or do not know and can do or cannot do and using information on what students know or do not know or can do or cannot do based on the subject they study in school will replace the SISEE.

“My Ministry has made the announcement in the previous year but we need to provide details of how it will be done,” said Rodie.

The plan to phase out SISE began in 2014 by the National Education Assessment Division (NEAD) on behalf of MEHRD.

Due to time factor and limited budget, the phasing out process has been delayed until next year, according to the Ministry.

If this comes to reality then students will only have to sit for the national examinations at form three.

Meanwhile, the national examinations for Grade 6, Forms 3, 5 and 6 will begin Monday next week.