Some high schools had, up to yesterday, not received the names of students who earned places there after this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
"Normally, we would have got it already," one principal told The Gleaner. "It is one week to go for the closure of school for the summer holidays and we need to put things in place, so we are not sure what is happening."
President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Sharon Reid, said the packages were delayed.
She said they were told that they would have received them yesterday, but when it did not happen, they were given no explanation.
She said, however, that she was expecting them to be ready by next week.
"I am not worried as long as it comes next week," she said.
When contacted, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean, said the packages were picked up late by Region One, so some principals were unable to collect them.
She said, however, that by Monday all the packages should be distributed to the schools.