No need to discard GSAT textbooks, education ministry advises teachers, parents
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says there is no need to discard GSAT textbooks bought for students preparing for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams this academic year.
According to the education ministry, the GSAT textbooks provide support for the content of the curriculum, which has not changed, while workbooks are expected to provide practise.
Workbooks, on the other hand, are books that schools suggest to the MoEYI for approval as discretionary purchase, but will provide limited practise at this time for the preparation for PEP, it emphasised.
The advisory comes against the background of what the education ministry says are media reports suggesting uncertainty over which texts are to be used.
"However the ministry had already sent to schools via Bulletin 106 /2018 as a reminder, in early July 2018, of a comprehensive list of books which would be adequate to cover or supplement the National Standards Curriculum from grades one to six," it said in a release issued this afternoon.
The education ministry says it has always provided an approved textbook list where all the books are purchased and distributed to schools, as well as a supplementary list of books which provides only additional resource materials in the event that schools want to place them on their list. However, they are not mandatory.
"Schools submit book lists to the education ministry’s regional offices for approval. All book lists are collected and a report done each year. Schools that are in breach are written to and advised to make appropriate adjustment. Meetings are also held with schools that have breached the policy. The ministry has no control over other books that parents may purchase," the education ministry explained.
"It must be noted that GSAT workbooks would be inadequate to prepare for PEP since the items are not now all multiple choice and students are now being required to show and explain their responses in most instances under PEP," it advised.
"The ministry, however, has already sent out practice items for grades five and six, as well as sample performance tasks for teachers to utilise. In addition the students practice items are being delivered to schools with answer sheets for the teachers," it added.
The education ministry further advises that it has also started to prepare online resources free of cost to the public and prep sessions and camps are currently being held across the country. In the meantime, the says it now has four publishers developing practice items, two of which are already on the market.
"We urge all well-thinking persons to use the resources provided by the ministry to continue in their preparation of students. Let's work together to make PEP work for our children and the progress of our nation," it said.