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GSAT irregularity: Ministry officials meet with parents, principals affected

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Senior officials from the education ministry are meeting with school principals and parents of Region 3 over a proposal to address an irregularity in the March sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).




In March, the Ministry said approximately 350 students in 24 schools in St Ann were affected by incomplete GSAT Mathematics question papers.



Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Elaine Foster-Allen says Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean is leading the team comprising officials from the regional office meeting with stakeholders at the St Mark's Anglican Church Hall in St Ann.



She says a statistical analysis on the students’ performance on other tests along with an assessment of performances throughout the academic year to ensure consistency in the awarding of grades are being considered.



Our News Centre has been informed that already some parents are not in support of the method being proposed.



The Ministry had explained that the irregularity was a result of a printing error on one page in the Mathematics booklet which resulted in 24 questions being omitted.



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