While the Secondary Entrance Assessment Examination will go on as planned on August 20th, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley today announced that preparation classes will now be discontinued.

The Prime Minister said at least 11 schools were closed as a direct result of Covid-19 threats. Dr. Rowley further revealed that nine children, inclusive of 4 SEA students have tested positive for the virus.

On the matter of the reopening of schools in September for the new school term, the Prime Minister said an absolute decision would be premature at this time, and government would monitor the country’s COVID-19 situation, and make a decision within the next week or so.

“We are not going to make a change of that date today, but we will tell you that we will monitor it for another week or so. Based on what comes up during that period, we will confirm that date or review for a change. But as of now, we leave it the way it is and we look at what’s going to happen between now and the next 10 days or thereabouts.”

There are presently 197 positive COVID-19 cases. Three new cases were reported on Wednesday morning, all of which are pending epidemiological investigation.