GSAT off to 'smooth start'
The Education Ministry is reporting that the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) got off to a smooth start across the island this morning.
The ministry notes that there was residual smoke at schools in the vicinity of the Riverton City disposal site in St Andrew.
But it says students and teachers in nearby schools said it was manageable and would not affect the holding of the exam.
The exam is being held a week later than originally planned after smoke from the dump in St Andrew covered large sections of the Corporate Area and St Catherine.
When a Gleaner team visited schools which were worst affected by the smoke, principals expressed relief at the absence of the nuisance.
Some parents said they have taken precautions by giving their children dust masks in the event the smoke should return.
Meanwhile, Education Officer for Region One, Patrice Supria, says the ministry has contingency plans in place should the situation change.