A “National test” will be introduced for the upcoming school year; all 6th graders that pass the national exam, and will receive a recommendation based on the results and advice provided by the school to what school each student should attend following the 6th grade.
“In a scenario where the school advice is HAVO while the National Exam result suggests MAVO, the student can still attend the HAVO, since the highest evaluation is valid.”
According to Minister Lampe the increased amount of students, flowing into the HAVO is thanks to the National Exam, and this increase led to the opening of a branch of the Colegio in San Nicolas. Since the Colegio in San Nicolas is a public school, it is the Minister of Education’s responsibility to make sure that all students find a placement.
Students attending catholic or protestant schools that were not admitted to Colegio Oranjestad can register online at https://csnaruba.edupage.org/ for Colegio San Nicolas so they can start the new school year in Augustus 2019. Minister Lampe indicated that the Government is anticipating an influx into Colegio San Nicolas and that they are ready to handle this growth.
To be clear, Colegio San Nicolas is a public school, Colegio Arubano is Catholic school being administered by the SMOA with Catholic management. This is the reason Colegio San Nicolas is accessible to all students. If the student applies for Colegio Arubano at the SKOA and has the credentials for Colegio, but the admittance reaches its maximum, the student has the right to apply for Colegio San Nicolas and must be admitted.
Important is the fact that the branch of Colegio San Nicolas that is being prepared by the Government is located at the Centro di Bario Dakota.