No Need for PEP Jitters, says Education Minister

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Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says there’s no need for jitters about the government’s plan to replace the GSAT exam with the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, during this upcoming academic year.

The Minister’s move to provide assurance comes one day after the new Jamaica Teacher’s Association President, Dr. Garth Anderson, called for a delay in the implementation of PEP.

According to Dr. Anderson, most teachers aren’t ready to administer the latest version of the country’s method of assessing primary school pupils to matriculate to secondary education.

Minister Reid says there’s no need for panic.

He says advanced plans are in place to ensure that Teachers and schools administrators are fully prepared.

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The Education Minister, who says he’s already seen sample questions, is assuring teachers what is being asked of the students will not be difficult.

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Minister Reid says a team, including teachers, will be reviewing the items students will be tested on.

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Senator Reid was speaking at the Jamaica Teacher’s Association’s 54th annual conference in Montego Bay, St. James.

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