Leave home extra early, Reid tells GSAT students in St Catherine State of Emergency
Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
Education Minister Ruel Reid is urging parents in St Catherine to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that their children arrive on time for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on Thursday and Friday given the restrictions associated with the State of Public Emergency in sections of the parish.
Communities in the St Catherine North Police Division have been under a State of Public Emergency since Sunday.
As a result, the security forces have been conducting several operations including stops and searches, especially along main roads causing traffic delays.
At a press conference this morning, Reid said parents should do what's necessary to take their children to their exams early.
Reid also said although the ongoing wage negotiation between teachers and the Government has caused disruptions in classrooms, most grade-six teachers took the time to ensure that their students were adequately prepared for exams.
Several teachers island-wide stayed away from the classroom for three days last week to press their demand for a better wage offer.
They have rejected the government’s offer for a 16 per cent increase over four years.
* 39,993 have been registered to sit GSAT
*The test will be administered this Thursday and Friday in 1,089 centres
* Mathematics and Social Studies will be held on Thursday
* Language Arts, Communication Task and Science will be administered on Friday
*A total of 315 students have submitted psychological evaluation reports which have been assessed by the ministry's Special Education Unit. These students will receive special assistance.