‘Heed Teachers’ PEP Concerns’, says Thwaites

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Opposition Spokesman on Education and former portfolio Minister, Reverend Ronald Thwaites, says the government should heed concerns being raised by the Jamaica Teacher’s Association regarding the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, assessment.

PEP is the country’s primary means of matriculation to secondary education.

It replaces the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT. The final sitting of which took place in March this year.

But, new President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association, JTA, Dr. Garth Anderson, says teachers aren’t ready for PEP. He warned that PEP is destined to fail.

Rev. Thwaites says while he supports PEP, he’s not surprised at the JTA’s reaction. He’s calling on the government to take immediate steps to remedy the teachers concerns.

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Teachers have been preparing students for PEP for the last two years.

The Grade 6 cohort set to start the new school year in less than two weeks will be the first students to sit the Grade 6 component of the new matriculation assessment.

Speaking at the JTA’s annual conference this morning, Education Minister Ruel Reid, says plans are in place to ensure teachers and schools administrators are fully prepared for PEP.

But, Rev. Thwaites says the government has only been sporadic.

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