Thursday 23 May, 2019

Cheers of joy amidst tears of disappointment for GSAT students

Jaxine Scott plants a kiss to the cheek of her daughter Jayda Irving after the release of GSAT results on Thursday. Jayda was placed at Wolmer’s Girls’ School. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Jaxine Scott plants a kiss to the cheek of her daughter Jayda Irving after the release of GSAT results on Thursday. Jayda was placed at Wolmer’s Girls’ School. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Cheers of joy and tears of disappointment.

These were among the reactions at a number of schools across the Corporate Area on Thursday, as the Ministry of Education, as promised, made available the results of the much-anticipated Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The release of the exam scores for Jamaica's national high school entrance test, and subsequent placements, brought relief for parents who for many months had waited with high levels of anticipation.

That eagerness would pour over on Thursday, as some parents camped out at the gates of some schools from as early as 8:00 am, waiting to find out if their nights of sitting up with children and studying had paid off.

At some schools, such as St Richard’s Primary, shouts and celebrations from some parents and teachers could be heard as the scores were circulated from as early as 11.00am..

School prinicpal, Maureen Wong was one of the individuals with a happy smile on their faces.

GSAT 2018 Jessie Ripoll Primary

“We are not surprised by the positive results that we have seen, as the teachers and students have been working hard,” said the principal, who was flocked by celebrating students.

They were not alone.

At schools such as Jessie Ripoll Primary, parents were forced to wait a little longer, but were also left in a jubilant mood when the results were circulated close to the end of the school day.

“Right now words cannot express how I feel, based on what I have heard,” said Jaxine Scott after she was told that her daughter Jayda Irving had been placed at Wolmer’s Girls’ School.

“When I heard the results, I must confess, that I cried. I was so excited,” Scott told Loop News.

Similar sentiments were shared by Christine Stewart-Murdock whose daughter, Ashley was placed in the institution of her choice, Immaculate High School.

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But not all the parents were happy on Thursday.

“My son got a more than 80 per cent average, but I am not happy with the school that he was placed,” said a father who asked not to be named.

However, the dad said that even though he was disappointed, he would continue to encourage his son to work hard at his education.

Over at Pembroke Hall High Primary, teachers said they were encouraged by some of the results that they saw, but would do a further assessment to determine the overall performance of the GSAT students from the institution.

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