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GSAT students to be placed in schools near to home

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2015 | 6:29 PM
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites. The practice of students gathering at bus parks has forced the education ministry to consider placing students nearer to home.

The Education Ministry has announced that starting this year students who are successful in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be placed in schools closer to where they live.

This move, the Education Ministry says, is aimed at curbing the practice of students gathering at bus parks as well as to reduce their travel time.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites gave the assurance that the preferences of parents will still be taken into consideration, but says in the end the interest of children will be the deciding factor.

Seeking to justify the move, Thwaites said the practice of students hanging out in bus parks encourages idleness and other negative behaviours.

He was speaking at a recent meeting of education stakeholders from the parishes of St Catherine and Clarendon at the Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine.