ASTEP students to be assessed
THE MINISTRY of Education has indicated that students in The Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme (ASTEP) are to be assessed on May 8 when the Grade Nine Achievement Test is held.
The Gleaner has learnt that several principals have expressed concern about how to treat with current ASTEP students and those who would have been added to the programme this year.
Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer, said the education ministry is currently making plans to conduct psycho-educational assessment of the ASTEP students, the results of which will be used to place students.
The placement of students will also complement the transition of ASTEP into the Secondary Pathway Programme.
The ministry had earlier announced that ASTEP would be phased out because of what Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites calls inadequate outcomes.
The ministry said the programme will allow for schools to meet the needs of students.
According to the ministry, "The Secondary Pathway is not a project or a programme. It is an approach towards secondary education to be implemented in all secondary schools. It will allow for the schools to adequately identify the needs of the students they are enrolling and meeting these specifically. The necessary support will be provided for, especially the special-needs cases."