Students relax ahead of GSAT results
Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
As the hand-wringing, hair-pulling anxiety continues to rise among thousands of students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), school administrators are spending much of their time helping them to relax as they wait patiently for the results, which are expected to be released tomorrow.
Principal of St Michael's Primary School in Kingston, Dave Allen, said the 14 students who sat the examination were being engaged in fun activities so as to dispel the stress.
"They are nervous. Even the teacher is nervous. But we tell the students that the results will be here soon, and whatever school they are selected for will be good enough for them to do well, so they should not be dismayed if they don't get the one they wanted. They must do their best and look for opportunities to shine," he told The Gleaner yesterday.
Let hair down
It is similar at St Peter Claver Primary School. Students are allowed to let their hair down as they await the results.
"We are giving them the opportunity to relax and play some games in order to free up their minds, and the teachers also talk to them about it. So they are doing well. They are calm," principal, Karen Reynolds, said.
She added, however, that it was not the same for the parents, who have been showing up at the school for the results since last week.
At Excelsior Primary School, it is business as usual as the students have to be focusing on their end-of-year examinations.
Linda Campbell, principal of the institution, said the staff has been doing a good job helping the students be calm and confident.
She said while the students anxiously await the results, they are more apprehensive about whether they will be placed at a school that matches their grades.
The placement examination was taken by 44,000 primary school students over two days in March.
This year's GSAT results are to be made available online.