VIDEO: All systems in place for PEP - Education minister
File photo of Education Minister Ruel Reid at a Post Cabinet press briefing.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid is confident that all the systems are in place and working properly for a successful staging of the first Primary Exit Profile (PEP), for which 40,204 students are scheduled to sit at 1,104 centres across the island.
Speaking at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Reid said activities for PEP will begin February 26, when 20,891 boys and 19,313 girls will face invigilators for the Grade Six component.
A total of 41,423 students were registered to sit the examination, but 1,219 have deferred until another year. He said that the number of students who deferred is similar to figures during the period of the now phased-out Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
Reid expressed confidence that it will be a successful first sitting of PEP. Watch the video edited by Marlon Reid below.
He outlined that the ability test component of the assessment will measure the student’s ability to reason with words, quantitatively and qualitatively, as well as verbal reasoning. It will represent 30 per cent of each student’s profile and will consist of 40 single select multiple choice items.
The performance task is Language Arts and Mathematics, which students will sit on March 27 and March 28 respectively.
The final component of the assessment is the curriculum-based tests, comprised of Language Arts, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies. All these assessments will focus on the content at Grade Six only.
The minister said that the government, cognisant of the policy of inclusiveness, has made accommodations for special needs children, with 304 application of which 95 percent have already been made aware of their position, after being psychoanalysed. He said the reports of the others are being prepared.
According to the Minister, special needs children will be given an additional 30 minutes beyond the allotted two hours to complete the performance task tests and 20 extra minutes for the other exams, which will range from one hour and 15 minutes for the ability tests and one hour and 30 minutes for the curriculum-based tests.