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Ministry, teachers ready for PEP - Ministry says all things are in place for first sitting of exams

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:22 AM
Garth Anderson, president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association.

Education Minister Ruel Reid says his ministry is ready for the sitting of the ability tests component of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination, which will be administered on February 26.

“Teachers are now ready. ... Active engagement with teachers started this year, and they have been actively preparing the students by utilising material provided by the ministry. They have been in preparation for several years,” Reid said.

The minister was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House in St Andrew yesterday.

With PEP replacing the Grade Six Achievement Test as the secondary-school placement examination when the first set of tests roll out in two weeks, Dr Garth Anderson, president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, said he is now more confident about PEP than he was at the start of the school year.

“Our school administrators and teachers are doing all that they can despite any challenges they may be facing. It’s a new exam, so we recognise and appreciate that all will not go as smoothly. We are confident that we are at a comfortable place so that we can get this thing right the first time around.

The performance task tests are scheduled for March 27 and 28, and the final component, which is curriculum-based, is set for April 16 and 17.