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Literacy, numeracy test papers delay irks principals

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Principals wait in the lobby area at the Overseas Examination Commission in St Andrew to pick up exam papers for the grade four numeracy and literary tests yesterday.-Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

With the grade four literacy and numeracy tests set to get underway over the next two days at primary schools across Jamaica, principals were up in arms yesterday over the delay in getting the examination papers.

An agitated crowd gathered at the distribution centre at the offices of the Overseas Examinations Commission on Manhattan Road in St Andrew, eager to get the papers for the exams that begin this morning.

"From morning, every minute them call and give a different time to collect. They finally told us 2 o'clock, but it is now minutes to five and I still haven't got my boxes," one principal complained.

"Every year is the same foolishness, but this year look worse," another added.

"No, you nuh. Last year I waited until 9 o'clock and had to leave. They promised to deliver the papers in the morning (the day of the test), which they did," one principal noted.

"There is no system or organisation in place, so what do you expect," stated another.

Acting Chief Education Officer Clement Radcliffe told The Gleaner that his office received the exam papers late from the printers, which caused the delay.

"Everyone is putting their hands to the wheel to clear the backlog. As you can see, we are reducing the backlog. Soon, everyone will get their papers," he said.