2021 STUDENTS SHOULD WRITE PAPER ONE (1) ONLY, AS IT IS UNFAIR TO THEM!

2021 STUDENTS SHOULD WRITE PAPER ONE (1) ONLY, AS IT IS UNFAIR TO THEM!

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Lalita Laljit started this petition to Caribbean examination council

Most students do not have access to the Internet. Even though we get access to some of the classes online, we cannot fully grasp all the concepts of many topics taught by teachers because we might have missed out on
previous lessons done on the same topics.
Additionally, students are given chores around the house; some might not be finished to be in a class on time. Based
on the policy of the Ministry of Education (in Guyana), we have to spend six (6) hours in a classroom, and that, by far, has not been happening since March 13,2020 due to the closure of schools in Guyana because of the pandemic. We need explanations, demonstrations, etc. and we have not been getting that. Not just students but also teachers
are not even equipped with the necessary resources to help in the process of learning; some, if not all the
teachers and students, are not trained in the e-learning programs that are available.
We have been in a completely different learning environment since the start of this pandemic; so please, do tell us all how we can even focus on our lessons when many of us have little or no access to these online classrooms. To add to that, sicknesses of our loved ones and even deaths are affecting us daily. How can we prepare to write the CSEC exams, both paper 1 and paper
2 in such circumstances? We have not even completed Grade 10 properly. We missed out detailed lessons that we were supposed to have or that we are entitled to. We have been in Grade 10 class for less than two terms, and
that was when we were supposed to be coached on our way forward until the exams.
Our mental, physical and emotional health is a requirement for us to be able to participate in any form of
activities, and if that is at stake here, our whole future will be destroyed. Why, why, why should it be us that have to be penalized for this pandemic? We are not supposed to be the ones to be left alone in this situation and try to
battle it out for ourselves because for it sounds like war and we do not have a strategist to pave the way or give us
the finer points of warfare. Yes, even though we are getting access at the schools to do some of the work, not
everyone can make it to be there because some of us are living distances away and due to the pandemic some are stuck in financial crisis. Also, we stress on risking our
lives during this pandemic to be there; even if there are measures put in place to help prevent  the spread of the
virus, we are not certain it will help. Even though we can go to school, there is a limit to how many students can be
there at a time, and in that way all of us still cannot get our lessons done; so please, please do something so that
we as the students can benefit.
This exam is put in place for us, the students, to gauge the abilities we have and equip us with the necessities to go out there to further our education, to find jobs, etc. So, if
this is for us, why put the exam in such a way that the students cannot handle it. Put aside the Paper 2, we do not
even know how we are going to do in the Paper 1.
I am appealing to all of you in authorities for the CSEC
exams; help us with our request for the Paper 1 only.
Thank you.

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