Saturday 17 November, 2018

All set for final staging of GSAT – Reid

Senator Ruel Reid

Senator Ruel Reid

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, has announced that all is in place to accommodate the 39,093 students who will sit the final staging of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on Thursday and Friday.

The GSAT is being replaced after 19 years by the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which will monitor students’ performance over the entire time they are in the primary school system.

Senator Reid said all systems and mechanisms that are needed for the GSAT examination are now in place, including those to accommodate students with special needs, those who speak foreign languages, those hospitalised, and one juvenile who has been incarcerated.

He was speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday, when he provided an update on the state of readiness for the primary school-leaving exam.

The minister said 18,996 males and 20,097 females have been registered to sit the GSAT, which will be administered in 1,089 centres across the island.

“I am very confident that we are more than ready,” said Reid.

He said a total of 315 students with special needs will do the examination, including 166 in Region One, 13 in Region Two, four in Region Three, 20 in Region Four, 33 in Region Five, and 79 in Region Six.

“GSAT will be administered to seven students who are currently patients in hospitals, over the two-day period. Six students across the island will receive interpreters in Mandarin, Spanish and Dutch. There is also one student who will sit GSAT in a juvenile facility… because no matter where they are, we have to empower them. We want to ensure that no child is left behind,” Senator Reid said.

Test materials for GSAT have been dispatched through the six regions, while training of presiding examiners and invigilators across the regions commenced in February 2018, and was completed on March 1.

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