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GSAT only the first step, says Southborough acting VP

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Lyndon Edwards, acting vice-principal and grade six coordinator at Southborough Primary in Portmore, St Catherine, speaks with students at the school yesterday.

Teachers at Southborough Primary School said students had been well prepared and they expect excellent results with the release of the Grade Six Achievement (GSAT) grades tomorrow.

Lyndon Edwards, who is an acting vice-principal and grade-six coordinator at the institution, said students are ready months before the exams.

Part of their preparation included a diagnostic test. Edwards said students are also encouraged to do a lot of reading and classroom activities.

"We ensure they are well prepared and that our exams are at a high standard, so when they sit, they are comfortable to do the real exam," Edwards said.

Edwards said 74 per cent of students got their school of choice last year, while one student gained a 97.6 per cent average and was placed at Immaculate Conception High.

Edwards said most students choose schools based on their programmes, not the location.

As for those who do not get placed in their school of choice, Edwards said he encourages students by reminding them that this is only the first step.

"We tell them there is life after exams. GSAT does not guarantee a job. I let them know they have worked hard and they can redeem themselves. This is one step in preparation for lifelong learning, so they must not take [it to] heart but be comfortable with their results," Edwards said.

- Sherrice Lewis, Gleaner Intern