PEP is the best thing to happen to Jamaica - Educational psychologist
Dr Alison Cross
Educational Psychologist Consultant, Dr Alison Cross is full of praise for the Primary Exit Profile Examinations (PEP) that have been brought on stream by the Ministry of Education to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
The primary level leaving exercise called PEP is geared towards teaching the children who are about to enter secondary level education critical thinking, and seeks to reject the former system which was geared towards swatting and a memory-based type of learning.
Speaking at the VM Wealth-sponsored Life After PEP function at the Terra Nova Hotel recently, Cross said the move was one to be applauded and could only serve the country’s education system well going forward.
“This PEP thing is the best thing to happen to Jamaica. Why? Because it has taken away rote learning. That was killing us,” she said.
Cross was giving an address to parents of children who had just finished the first edition of the PEP examination and were heading towards their first year of high school.
The introduction of the PEP examination was met with apprehension by teachers and students who expressed concerns that the education system was not ready to handle the exigencies of the new system.
However, the ministry went forward with the implementation of the examination and the new primary level graduates, who were described as guinea pigs of the project, were set to their paces.
Cross reminded parents of their need to be involved in the children’s educational development.
“Walk the walk, talk the talk and model,” she said, “Don’t just tell them to go take up your book, show them how to do it and if you don’t know ask your neighbour, your friends, your church sister. Share your skills, knowledge and expertise.”