T&T’s Under-17 footballers, who are expected to take the CSEC Exams in May could have an option of sitting it in the United States, a top T&T Football Association (TTFA) official has said.
It is one of several considerations currently before the board of the TTFA to deal with the clash in dates for the CSEC exams and the CONCACAF U-17 Men’s Championship, which is also being used as a World Cup Qualifier, from May 1 in Florida, United States.
The board is set to meet for a second time this week on the matter as the football association moves swiftly to ensure that the education and life of no young players are affected by the tournament.
The official, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, said they have already reached out to the Ministry of Education to see what can be done.
"We are not the ones who set the dates for the tournament, but we are doing our research to determine if the exam can be done outside. We are not sure as yet, but it’s not the first time we have been faced with this situation," the official said.
Yesterday Anton Corneal, technical director of local football, who has faced similar circumstances in the past, said the solution is to call the ministry of education and ask for their advice on it. In the past, players were asked to leave the tournament and return after they are finished.
"Another option is for the players to take the exam after the tournament if that can be allowed. Whatever’s the case, they must be guided by the ministry," Corneal said.
The junior "Warriors" received automatic qualification into the Championship and will begin their campaign on May 1 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton with action in Group E, featuring defending champion Mexico, Jamaica, Bermuda and T&T. This will coincide with the staging of groups F, G and H, as well as the knockout stage.
The junior Warriors will begin against Bermuda on May 1, before meeting Jamaica and Mexico in that order on May 3 and 5, respectively.
The tournament actually gets going March 16-24 for Groups A and C and continues from April 1-9 with action in groups B and D.
CSEC exams begin on May 3 with Physical Education and Sport; May 6- Visual Arts, Chemistry, Music and Textiles and Clothing; May 7- Caribbean History, Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering; May 8- Technical Drawing, Agricultural Science; May 9- Social Studies (1&2); May 10- English Literature (1&2); May 13- Principles of Accounts (1&2); May 14- English Language (1&2); May 15- Mathematics (1&2); and May 16- Geography, Agricultural Science, Industrial Technology, Electrical and Electronics.
Exams continue on May 17 with English Language 3/2 and Religious Education, before resuming on May 20.
New assistant coach Kenwyne Jones said he is unsure of how many players are likely to be affected by the clash in dates but his squad is set to be trimmed from 38 this week. The unfortunate clash in date will affect young student/players throughout the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, William Wallace, president of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) said he is confused by the CONCACAF’s scheduling of the tournament at the time when regional student/footballers will be involved in exams.
"They (CONCACAF) are supposed to be aware of this," Wallace said.