For the first time since the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) was introduced to Jamaica 13 years ago, the results will be available online. Come next month, the Ministry of Education will furnish the more than 980 primary schools across Jamaica with a printed copy of the results, an electronic version on CD as well as a security code to access the results and accompanying data on its website.
"The results will be available online, but it is not going to be the first availability of the results because at least 300 of our primary schools do not have Internet access. So it would not be fair for us to have it solely online," Grace McLean, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, told The Gleaner yesterday.
Last June, then Minister of Education Andrew Holness had announced that as part of the move to have the GSAT results posted on the ministry's website, parents would be able to use the unique identification number and pass code assigned to each child to access the information.
McLean noted that prior to the release of the results this year, the ministry would be holding a press conference to outline the procedure for parents to access the information.
Students' Registry set up
To ensure a smooth implementation of the online system, the ministry had been aggressively pursuing having all students registered under the National Student Registry. McLean said at this stage, registration was 90 per cent complete.
"Over 220,000 students are already registered at the primary level and 48,000 at the secondary level. The verification is currently being done to ensure that each student at the primary level is registered. This is expected to be completed within the next two months," she stated.
Under the national registry, children are documented at their first point of entry into the formal school system and are assigned a unique identification number, which allows the ministry to track their progress.
The acting permanent secretary has also assured that the release of the GSAT results are ahead of schedule, hence they would be available on time, which is the customary third week in June.