Students should perform well in PEP this year, says Samuda
Karl Samuda (file photo)
Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, has expressed confidence that the island's students will perform well in the second sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams this year.
Speaking at a press briefing in Kingston on Thursday, Samuda said all was in place for the exam to commence, as the schools had already received their timetables and verification lists.
The exam is slated to begin with the abilities test that is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25. This will be followed by the performance task exams for language arts and mathematics on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, respectively.
On Thursday, April 23, students will sit the curriculum-based tests for language arts and science, followed by the mathematics and social studies curriculum-based tests on Friday, April 24.
While expressing confidence that the 39,561 students registered to sit the exam would do well, the minister said he was looking forward to an improvement in their performance this year, in comparison to last year.
"I have every reason to feel encouraged, based on all that I have heard and my exposure to the professionals who are responsible for this, that our children will do just fine, and I am looking forward to the improvement in their performance over last year, as we have engaged certain facilities and techniques like our coaching system and so on.
"So I am satisfied that with that having been done over last year, that our students will respond in a positive way and we will see that kind of results we all hope for," assured Samuda.
The PEP exams were introduced last year, despite widespread opposition mainly from some parents and educators.
However, through a series of workshops held by the Ministry of Education with teachers and parents, some fears and anxiety about the new exams were quelled.