Portlanders welcome delay
THE DECISION by the Ministry of Education to postpone the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for one week because of serious health hazards caused by smoke at the Riverton dump, St Andrew, has been met with approval.
Senior teacher at Boundbrook Primary School in Port Antonio, Portland, Clive McKenzie, said the decision to push back the test for another week is understandable, as some schools are affected by the smoke nuisance.
"It is probably the best decision. GSAT is all about the students, and no doubt some might be suffering from smoke inhalation, which could lead to other illnesses. I will agree that students require the cleanest of environment to concentrate and remain focused while doing their tests. And for those who might not have been fully prepared, they, too, have another week to get it right."
According to McKenzie, who is also one of the specialist mathematics and GSAT teachers at Boundbrook Primary, his charges are well prepared and eager to do their test, but there are no complaints thus far from any student as it relates to the postponement.
Students Desta-Jarred Pinks and Denroy Dennis welcome the extra days. Pinks said he will be able to do some revision.
Dennis is happy for the students who he said will have an additional week to make up for loss time.