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New education minister plans to review GSAT

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Senator Ruel Reid, former principal of Jamaica College who has answered the call from Prime Minister Andrew Holness to manage the education portfolio said he will be setting targets to be achieved over the first 100 days, as well as in the medium to long term in the education sector.

The newly appointed education minister said that as part of his plans, he intends to ensure that the curriculum at the early- childhood level is properly aligned to meet the needs of the sector.

Pointing to weaknesses in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Senator Reid said that the testing methods and measurement used in the exams are not properly preparing students for the high-school curriculum. Senator Reid said this is something he would review as minister.

He also raised concerns about the level of performance by Jamaican students at the CSEC level.

"I am very focused and conscious on performance-driven output, so I am going to be looking at some of those issues," he said.