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Six GSAT students score 100 per cent in all subject areas

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The Dunrobin Primary School top Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awardees (from left): head girl Suri Ennis, Jamia Williamson, head boy Matthew Davis, Leamore Brown, Shevornae Edwards and Alyssa Cross. Also in the photo are teacher Irone Davis (back left) and principal Noel Watt (right). The GSAT awards, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was held at the the National Arena on Thursday.
Proud dad Steven Gooden (left) looks on as his son, Nickarr Gooden, a GSAT award recipient from Mona Preparatory School who will be attending Wolmer's High School for Boys, speaks with Minister of Education Ruel Reid at the GSAT Awards at the The National Arena on Thursday.
The six Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students who scored 100 per cent in all subject areas. From left: Zane Glenister (Emmanuel Christian Academy), Xiao Francis (Emmanuel Christian Academy), Shaniel Miles (Stella Maris), Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid; Kayla Wright (St Hugh's Prep), Jayden Clarke (Kensington Primary) and Joel Barnett (Meadowbrook Prep) at the GSAT awards held at the National Arena in Kingston on Thursday.
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Six students - three boys and three girls - scored 100 per cent in all subject areas of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which was conducted in March.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, made the announcement at the National GSAT Awards Ceremony, which was held at the National Arena on Thursday.

"Two are from Emanuel Christian Academy and one each from Kensington Primary School, Stella Maris Prep School, Meadowbrook Prep School and St Hugh's Prep School," Reid said.

The six students were awarded at the ceremony, along with the other 994 top-performing students from all 14 parishes.

"Today is a day of special celebrations as we say 'Big up!' to you, our top 1,000 students from across the island. We at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information want to do something special to recognise your hard work, dedication and success," the minister said.

"We are also recognising the school administrators who were instrumental in the process. Of course, we celebrate with you parents as well, as we know the pride and joy you feel in your children doing well," he added.

Reid encouraged the youth to continue striving for excellence at the secondary level, as it is their performance that will contribute to the growth and development of the nation.

"Awardees, as you make the transition from the primary level to high school, I urge you to remain focused. The challenges you will face will be greater than those you have faced over the past six years," he said.

"I am confident, however, that in the same way you managed to overcome past challenges, you will also manage the new ones that lie ahead."

 

... PEP to provide more complete profile of students' academic, critical-thinking capabilities

 

This year was the last staging of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, as in the next academic year, the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will replace GSAT as the national examination that will determine grade-six students' placement at the secondary level.

PEP is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students' academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. It will comprise a Performance Task Test, an Ability Task Test and a Curriculum-based Test.

The PEP will be rolled out on a phased basis beginning in September 2018, with students who are now in grade five as the first cohort. They will do only the Grade Six components in 2019.

Students who are currently in grade four will do their Grade Five Performance Task in 2019, and in 2020 they will do the Grade Six components.

Students who are currently in grade three will be the first cohort that will have a complete profile generated. This means that they will do the Grade Four Performance Task section in 2019, Grade Five Performance Task in 2020 and all Grade Six components in 2021.

The PEP grades will be made available to schools in the third week of June every year.