All Set for Final Sitting of GSAT

The Ministry of Education says all’s ready for what will be the final sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT, beginning this Thursday.

Education Minister, Ruel Reid, gave the update yesterday. He says preparations have been completed despite the recent industrial action taken by some public school teachers.

Education Minister Ruel Reid, is expressing confidence that all is in place for the final sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT.

GSAT has been administered in primary schools since 1999. Serving as a replacement for the then Common Entrance exam for High School placement.

Almost 40,000 students are registered to sit this year’s exam.

Thursday will see students sitting the Mathematics and Social Studies papers, with Friday being reserved for Language Arts, Communication Tasks and Science.

Last week some public sector teachers staged a three-day sickout disrupting classes across the island in protest against the government’s wage offer.

However Minister Reid says this has had very little impact on the sitting of exams.

He also thanked those teachers who stayed in schools during the sickout of their peers.

GSAT will be replaced as of next year with the Primary Exit Profile, PEP.

PEP, according to the Ministry, will provide a profile of where the student is academically. It’s aimed at evaluating students’ knowledge, placing increased emphasis on 21st Century skills such critical thinking and communication rather than rote learning.

Minister Reid expressed confidence that GSAT will transition to PEP smoothly.