Education Ministry & JTA to Improve PEP Collaboration

The Education Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, are to form a committee to improve collaboration on the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, and the National Standard Curriculum.

PEP is to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT, with the first cohort of students sitting the new exam next year. But the JTA has been calling on the government to delay the implementation of the new exam.

Last month the JTA signed a memorandum of understanding, MOU, with the Education Ministry outlining how both stakeholders will proceed on the issue.

JTA President Dr. Garth Anderson, says the MOU came out of discussions they’ve been having with the Ministry regarding PEP.

The PEP examination is divided into three components; the Ability Test, the Performance Task and the Curriculum-Based Test.

As part of the agreement, the Ministry will adjust sections of the Performance Task component.

The Ability test will be administered in February, the Performance in March, and the Curriculum-Based Test in April.

Dr Anderson says the two stakeholders are also staging a symposium to focus on the assessment of teachers on November 28. He says the symposium is to help teachers who are still having difficulties.

The JTA president says high school Mathematics and English teachers will also benefit.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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