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Holness welcomes planned abandonment of GSAT in 2017

Published:Friday | May 9, 2014 | 1:49 PM

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is welcoming the planned abandonment of the Grade Six Achievement Test in 2017.

Yesterday, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites announced that a new exit exam will be in primary schools by that time.

In a statement this morning, Opposition Leader and Spokesperson on Education Andrew Holness noted that the long term change is geared at facilitating the development of critical thinking and higher order skills.

He says those skills will enable students to compete effectively in the global market place.

He says this will ensure the development of a robust knowledge society.

Holness says the move to replace the GSAT is in line with the policy of adjustments to the exam when he was Education Minister.

Jamaica introduced the GSAT in 1999, which replaced the Common Entrance Examinations.

However, it has been criticised as placing an unfair and unreasonable burden on grade-six children to remember material that has been taught from as far back as grade four.

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