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AUDIO: GSAT students feel pressured to get into 'traditional schools'

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Jermaine Francis, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) today admitted that they feel pressured to secure a place in traditional high schools.




Forty-thousand-six-hundred-and-seventy-six students were registered to sit the exams this year.



When our newscentre visited the Dunrobin Primary School in St Andrew, where more than 200 students are sitting the tests, the students expressed anxiety before the start of the exams.



They said while they were looking forward to putting the exam behind them, they were also hoping their results would land them a spot in one of the top high schools.



Samoya Solomon said she felt pressured to get high grades as her siblings all went to traditional schools.



One parent who spoke with our newscentre said she felt as though she was also sitting the exams.



Checks with the Ministry of Education's GSAT unit revealed that there were no reported glitches.



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