Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre
Results of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) are being released to schools just about now.
This ends three months of nervous anticipation by thousands of prep and primary school students who sat the examination in March.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has urged students and parents to accept the placements assigned by his ministry.
He said this year’s results have shown improvements in the national average in all subject areas.
Thwaites said this means schools will receive students who are better prepared for secondary education.
In the meantime, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has reiterated plans by his ministry to implement major changes to the Grade Six Achievement Test.
There have been calls over the years to put an end to the exam which parents have said puts undue pressure on grade six students.
Thwaites said the education ministry wants to institute an assessment which tests aptitude and mental abilities.
The education minister said the changes will be made before the next sitting of the GSAT next March, based on recommendations from the consultants who are reviewing the test.
Meanwhile, Thwaites has dismissed suggestions to cut out some of the traditional vocational subjects taught in schools.
The suggestion was made by Principal of the Institute of Academic Excellence, Jermaine Martin last week.
However, the education minister said despite Martin’s belief, subjects such as wood work are still relevant in today’s society.