Friday 21 February, 2020

Samuda offers to have direct PEP talks with new JTA president

Karl Samuda

Karl Samuda

Minister without Portfolio, with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, has extended an invitation to newly-installed President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Owen Speid, to discuss the percentage score on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations.

The interim education minister was on Wednesday reacting to Speid's call for the release of percentage scores on the examinations.

"In respect to your (Speid's) request for percentage scores on the PEP exams, we will be inviting you and your team to sit with us at the ministry to go through all aspects of the system used in the preparation and completion of the recent exercise," stated Samuda on Wednesday, the third and final day of the Jamaica Teachers' Association 55th Annual General Conference which has been on at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St James since Monday.

The conference was held under the theme: ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.

Samuda also appealed to JTA members in attendance at their 55th annual conference, to urge Speid to embrace the PEP exams, as the consequences of division are “too expensive”.

"We cannot be divided. And, I appeal to you to use whatever influence you might have on the president, to get him to fully accept all aspects, notwithstanding reservations that I know will continue to linger, and there's nothing wrong with that. It is healthy. It keeps those who are the practitioners on their toes. So I welcome that, but let us not be antagonistic about it," Samuda appealed.

"We are charged with the responsibility of seeing to the care and development of the most important assets that the country has - our children. We as adults are given the responsibility to see to it that this generation coming is better than our generation, and that there is constant mobility and equity and opportunities for every child," added the minister.

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