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JTA assured PEP instruction mix-up will not affect students

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 3:15 PM
Windward Road Primary School students sitting the Performance Task mock exam for the Primary Exit Profile on Monday, June 18, 2018 - Ricardo Makyn photo

Danae Hyman, Online Reporter

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it has been assured by the Education Ministry that students will not be penalised because of the late receipt of instructions for yesterday's Language Arts component of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).

Some teachers received the new instructions after the exam had started and some never received it at all.

The new instructions, sent via email, required students to do Parts 1A, 1B, 1C and Part 2.

The original instructions printed on the PEP test paper did not require that students do Part 1C.

The development has left some teachers anxious.

However, JTA president Dr Garth Anderson says he has been told by the Education Ministry that students will not be affected.

"I have been assured that the matter will be soon resolved from an assessment point of view. There are several things they can do when marking like omit the question in its entirety and just mark what was on the paper originally," he said.

Some teachers, who saw the email before the exam, reportedly made the necessary changes and gave the students extra time to finish.  

Efforts to independently contact the Education Ministry were not successful.

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