GSAT registration forms to be submitted by November
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has advised primary-school administrators that the 2014 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) registration form should be completed and submitted to the regional offices for verification during the period October 7 to November 1.
"In keeping with the MoE's Competence-Based Transition Policy, only students who have attained mastery at the Grade Four Literacy Test will be eligible to sit the exam," Sonia Mullings, manager of the Student Assessment Unit said.
Students eligible to sit GSAT include those born between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2003 (both dates inclusive); students in grade four or grade five, born between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2001, and students, born in 2000, and have been granted special accommodation to sit in 2014.
A GSAT entry form must be completed for all students who intend to sit the exam. Parents should also be asked to present copies of their children's birth certificates, if they were not previously submitted under the National Student Registration System.
St James residents support minimum-wage increase
Residents of St James and surrounding parishes are in support of an increase in the national minimum wage of 20 per cent and 25 per cent.
At the first in a series of national consultations on the national minimum wage, held on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, the participants were of the opinion that an increase is needed in light of challenging economic conditions.
"The interesting point for me is that (during consultations) last year there was a general view that, based on the state of the economy, a minimum-wage increase ought not to be considered. But, this year, there is a very clear message that we can glean from the discussions that an increase in the minimum wage is absolutely necessary, and the level of increases should range from 20 per cent to 25 per cent," said member of the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, Danny Roberts.