GSAT performance has improved, says ministry
Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
THE MINISTRY of Education says the performances in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) have improved.
Education Minister Andrew Holness said on Monday that the students have done better than last year.
Holness indicated that the release of the results was a fairly smooth process in the schools, despite concerns being raised about the placement of some students in up-graded high schools.
In the meantime, there were mixed emotions at some primary and preparatory schools across the Corporate Area on Monday, as the institutions released the GSAT results.
As administrators and teachers of Jessie Ripoll Primary School browsed through the results, the hand-wringing, hair-pulling anxiety was obvious, accompanied by a period of silence.
But as the principal Michael Brown announced the long-awaited results the students got out of control.
Cheers of joy echoed through the building as some students jumped and hugged their classmates in a celebratory mood.
"I am elated, I have worked hard I didn't have any fun, it was just work, work, work, and now it has paid off," said Antonette Hinds as she cried tears of joy.
She is heading to Campion College where she promised to do her best.
Brown said the parents have collaborated well with the school, which resulted in good passes.
He said more work needed to be done in the area of mathematics and the school will be going back to the drawing board, so that they can see an improvement in the area next year.
Teachers and parents who converged on the Sts Peter and Paul compound were also delighted by the students' outstanding performances in the placement exam.
An elated Karen Siyanbok, principal of the institution, said the students have made the school proud.
Of 110 students who sat the GSAT, 102 were placed at traditional high schools.
"We are very happy, we are proud of our students because they did well and they worked hard for it. They have sacrificed three years and their hard work has paid off," she boasted.
Clinton Reid of Kensington Primary School got perfect scores in social studies, science and mathematics, and his father is very optimistic that the scores will earn him a government scholarship.
"I am elated, it was expected that he would do well and I am just happy for him," he said.