The Riverton fire has caused the postponement of this year’s sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT.

The exam has been postponed by one week to March 26 and 27.
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement at this afternoon’s Special Media Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister.

He says Cabinet considered and approved the decision to postpone the exam from this week Thursday and Friday.

Minister Thwaites noted that of the 38-thousand students scheduled to sit the examination, approximately 11-thousand-6-hundred are within the area affected by the fire.

He says this involves 2-hundred-and-41 schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.

He says the Ministry’s checks on the ground revealed that some of the GSAT students as well as staff members are affected by the adverse conditions.

Schools Can Resume Operation

AND, the Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Elaine Foster Allen, says schools which were asked to remain closed today can re-open tomorrow.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, also informed that up to midday today, 8-hundred-and-46 people visited hospitals and health centres because of the ill-effects of the smoke nuisance.

Two hundred and 87 of those were children.