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More than 39,000 students to sit GSAT next week

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A total of 39,129 students will sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) next week.

An estimated 38,000 students sat the exam last year.

The exam is scheduled to be administered on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, in 1,090 centres across the island.

Mathematics and social studies will be done on the Thursday, while language arts, communication task, and science will be sat on the Friday.

The Ministry of Education will again provide support for special-needs children to sit the exam.

The ministry has indicated that psycho-evaluation reports submitted by students have been assessed by the Special Education Unit.

According to Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer at the ministry, "The recommendations which have been made have been communicated to approximately 80 per cent of the students. The remaining are being prepared to be sent to the regions for the schools. In the interim, telephone calls are made to the schools to inform the principals ahead of time."

She added: "The regions have also been informed of the recommendations pertaining to each student."

McLean provided an update on the readiness of teachers and affirmed that there have been no changes to the curriculum for the 2016 sitting of GSAT.

"The teachers are aware that the test is curriculum-based and they have been preparing students using the Revised Primary Curriculum," she said.