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Smog-free schools as GSAT sittings begin

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 10:04 AM
Happy faces at the Waterford Primary School in St Catherine before the start of the GSAT
Students at the Waterford Primary School in St Catherine settle for the start of the GSAT
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The principals of several Corporate Area schools this morning expressed relief that there was no smoke at their institutions ahead of the start of the first of two days of sittings for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The test should have been held last week, but had to be pushed back because of the smoke emanating from the burning Riverton City dump.

This morning, parents were also hopeful that the smoke-free situation would continue.

However, as a contingency, they have given their children dust masks.

As a precaution, today's exams were delayed by an hour to ensure that students are not affected by the usual early morning smog.

A Gleaner Team this morning went to several schools that had been affected by the Riverton smoke, including the George Headley, Waterford and Duhaney Park Primary.

Earlier this month, they were among more than 50 learning institutions which were forced to close their doors because of the Riverton smog.

In Portmore, St Catherine, Education Officer for the Portmore Quality Education Circle, Jeneive Williams, said the Ministry is constantly monitoring the situation and if there are any changes there is a contingency plan to settle the students in Independence City.