Ministry Gives GSAT Update
Parents are being asked to remain calm and offer as much support to their children as they prepare for the sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27.
In a release yesterday, the Ministry of Education disclosed that 38,470 students are confirmed to sit the examination in 1,112 centres across the island. There are 18,492 female and 16,804 male candidates, while 3,174 registered and eligible students have deferred sitting the examination this year.
"Parents of students sitting the GSAT are advised to remain calm, support, rather than pressure the students, and ensure that students are well rested. Make plans for students to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of examination, and ensure that students arrive at the examination centre on time," the ministry said.
Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean has indicated that the only schools that will be closed during the holding of the GSAT examinations are those that will require additional space to accommodate all students at the same time.
She stated that all schools with adequate capacity would remain open and would be supervised by their class teachers. Schools also have been advised to use the two days for field trips and other educational opportunities.
McLean also noted that students sitting the GSAT would be tested in the critical areas of the primary school curriculum - mathematics, social studies, language arts, science, and communication task. Students will sit mathematics and social studies on Thursday; and language arts, communication task, and science on Friday. Special arrangements have been made to facilitate special-needs students sitting the examination.
The Ministry of Education is encouraging students to focus on doing their best and to ensure that they have pencils and erasers to complete the test.
The examination was originally slated for March 18 and 19 but had to be pushed back due to disruptions that resulted from a major fire at the Riverton City dump in Kingston, forcing the closure of schools and businesses in the Corporate Area and sections of St Catherine.