St James students prepared
Most of St James' primary-level students registered for this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) exhibited a general sense of calm and readiness to tackle yesterday's papers.
"Our students were well prepared for the exam. Teachers taught them, and then they were given a lot of practice in preparation for the exam; mental as well as physical preparation," said Velma Campbell, principal of Chetwood Memorial Primary School in Montego Bay, which had 167 students registered for the 2011 sitting.
Over at Mount Alvernia Preparatory School, principal Angela McPherson reported a sense of comfort and ease among the school's 31 students registered to sit the exam.
"They were quite calm and comfortable," McPherson remarked. "The parents accompanied them to school, stayed with them for devotion, and just about everybody - the students, the parents, myself, and the church members who came over to do devotion with them - everybody was quite comfortable."
Meanwhile, Chetwood Primary student Trudiann Thompson, who wants to attend Montego Bay High School for Girls in September, told The Gleaner that her exam preparations started back in September last year.
"I've learned a lot since, and now it is GSAT time," she said. "It (math exam) was pretty easy … . I'm praying very hard that I may pass to go to a good school and do my best in the social studies."
- Christopher Thomas