Education Ministry Introduces New Grading System For PEP

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The Education Ministry says students who sit the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, examinations will no longer be receiving a percentage grade after the exam.

Instead, the Education Ministry announced today that it will be giving students and parents a scaled score that will be the basis of placement in secondary institutions.

PEP is the country’s primary means of matriculation to secondary education. It replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT, this year.

The announcement was made by Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for the Education Ministry, Karl Samuda, during a media conference at the Education Ministry today.

William Mitchell reports.

The more than 41-thousand students who sat the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, earlier this year should know by next week which high school they’ll be attending in September.

In preparation for releasing the grades, Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for the Education Ministry, Karl Samuda, says students and parents will also see a change in how the results are presented.

Minister Samuda says the method is similar to the reporting style of other international exams like C-S-E-C, CAPE or the S-A-Ts.

Mr Samuda says it’s important that the Jamaican society keep up to date with international standards.

Meanwhile, acting Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Dr. Grace McLean, says the marking of the PEP examination will also follow international standards.

Meanwhile, the manager of the Student Assessment Unit in the Education Ministry, Terry-Ann Thomas-Gayle, says despite the new system of presenting the grades for PEP students, the placement procedure will remain the same.

Terry-Ann Thomas-Gayle, manager of the Student Assessment Unit in the Education Ministry.

Mrs. Thomas-Gayle says if the computer places students with the same results at a school where space is limited, the Education Ministry will negotiate with schools to add places.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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