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Exam to replace GSAT to be introduced May 2019

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 3:15 AM
In this March file photo students sit the GSAT exam at the Central Branch All-Age school in Kingston.

The Education Ministry says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the examination which is to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), will be introduced in May 2019.

Last year, the ministry said it was targeting an implementation for the 2017/18 academic year.

The ministry had said that PEP aims to assist in alleviating existing challenges associated with long distances traversed by secondary students to get to school, by introducing zoning to place youngsters in institutions close to their homes.

The disclosure for the new timeline for the roll out of the placement exam was made in the education ministry document which outlines its new initiative for secondary schools, Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education.

The initiative, which is to be implemented in September, outlines three pathways through which students can complete seven years of secondary education.