Gov’t eyes 2017/2018 deadline for GSAT replacement programme
The Education Ministry says it is targeting the 2017/18 academic year for the full roll out of the Primary Exit Profile (P.E.P), which is slated to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean, says the PEP aims to ease challenges associated with long distances students have to travel to get to high school by introducing zoning to place them in institutions close to their homes.
McLean told the Jamaica Information Service Think Tank that when approved, the PEP will ensure that parents have the option to place students closer to where they live.
She says the ministry has been deliberately trying to place students close to their primary schools under the assumption that it is likely that parents could have arranged for their children to attend a nearby high school.
The PEP was instituted during the 2013/14 academic year to place approximately 3,000 student beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).