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Is there more to PEP critique than meets the eye?

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:18 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On Friday, June 14, The Gleaner carried a letter by one TREBUH EROOM, which seemed very personal in its critique of Dr Tamika Benjamin of the education ministry’s math unit and other officers, while praising the work of the Core Curriculum Unit.

The writer ended by suggesting that some highly educated people were taking Jamaicans for fools. That was a very ironic statement since the writer seems too clever by half.

In the first instance, it did not take a genius to turn around the letters of the pen name and see Hubert Moore, who, coincidentally, happens to be the name of an author of a mathematics textbook for primary schools based on Jamaica’s National Standards Curriculum. So my question is: was the critique born of personal pique, professional jealousy, or genuine concern?

This is not much different than the very vocal critic of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) and advocate for extension of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Mr Owen Speid, being himself the author of several GSAT work-study publications. Is self-interest being presented as concern for students’ development?

Donkey said the world not level ... hee haw.

CECIL AIKEN

cecilatkings@gmail.com