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Review GSAT format

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM


This is an open letter to Ruel Reid, the minister of education and information. I recall some time ago, statements made by the former leader of the ruling party, Edward Seaga, that children of GSAT age are not able to fully enjoy their childhood.

I am of the view that the number of gruelling sessions that our children face in preparation for GSAT is astonishing. The list is long: extra lessons, Saturday classes, Whatsapp groups, projects, boot camps, etc.

Are these the best practices to get our students motivated to perform well at GSAT? Surely, not all students will be able to participate in these offerings and those left out will be at a disadvantage.

Our children are made to do too much, putting too much pressure on them. With technology, one would imagine learning would be made more accessible. Instead, it can be a challenge for teachers, students and parents, though many will not admit.

The GSAT syllabus definitely needs to be reviewed. Some of the concepts taught are way too advanced for students.

I remember the days of Common Entrance. It was not as difficult as the GSAT structure. I remember how balanced a school life I had. I remember the games we played. We looked forward to recess time and we welcomed going back to classes after play. There were no extra classes. Teachers taught in the sessions designated for the school day and students excelled.

Mr Reid, I ask that the GSAT syllabus be re-examined and restructured so that our children will be smarter for it and less stressed.


St Elizabeth