Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Joy for many, disappointment for some after GSAT results

Stella Maris student Gabriel Biggs (centre) is congratulated by her parents, Sean Biggs and Nadeen Neil after receiving her GSAT results on Friday. (PHOTO: Llewellyn Wynter)

Stella Maris student Gabriel Biggs (centre) is congratulated by her parents, Sean Biggs and Nadeen Neil after receiving her GSAT results on Friday. (PHOTO: Llewellyn Wynter)

There were tears of joy and sighs of relief on Friday morning across the Corporate Area as students and parents reacted to the release of the Grade Six Achievement Test results.

At Stella Maris Preparatory, thunderous cheers could be heard from outside the school as parents and children received the scores.  

Teachers at the school said early assessment showed a marked improvement in results compared to last year.

“All of our students secured places in traditional high schools,” Caleen Richards, a sixth grade teacher told Loop News.

Richards said early assessment of the results showed at least two students recording perfect scores in all subject areas.

“We are also seeing an increase in the number of students recording 90 and over,” she said.

GSAT results released - Stella Maris Prep

As she spoke, some parents could be seen hugging their children; some even broke down in tears.

Bernard and Athinia Campell were two of the happy parents.

"Right now we are just overjoyed that our daughter Arianna performed well … she was selected to go to the school of her choice and the feeling is more than words can express," said the proud mother.

Mr Bernard, sharing similar sentiments, said “this is the result of hard work and dedication and we are proud."

Sean Biggs was another happy parent. His daughter, Gabriel scored a 92 per cent average in her exams and was placed in her school of choice, St Andrew High.

"Right now I am just beaming with pride," said Biggs as he spoke about his daughter.

Gabriel expressed that she felt “very good” about her performance and was elated that she was placed at St Andrew High.

Still, there was disappointment for some.

 One female Stella Maris student was in tears after not being placed in the traditional high school of her choice. But she was encouraged by her parents and others to make the most at the institution she was placed because it is “also a very good school.”

Meanwhile, parents at other institutions such as Pembroke Hall and Jessie Ripoll primary schools were left waiting anxiously up to 8am as the institutions were not able to access the data on their computer system.

The Ministry of Education reported that there were improvements in the performances of students in four out of the five GSAT subjects this year - Mathematics, Language Arts, Communication Task and Social Studies.

A total of 39,729 students were registered to sit GSAT.

Some 1,521 students were absent.

 

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