At least one parent who’s child is to sit the Grade Four component of the Primary Exit Profile, PEP Exams this week is insisting the Ministry of Education hasn’t been doing a good job in how its administering the new exam.

She’s also frustrated with what she describes as a last minute change by the Ministry in early May in the components of the exam.


Natalia Gordon has children who sat both the Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT but also the newly installed placement exam PEP.

She thinks the Ministry of Education bit off more than it could chew in its handling of the PEP.

She says the first week of May schools received a bulletin advising of changes to the exams set for May 30 and 31.

Ms Gordon’s adamant that the Ministry’s last minute changes do not auger well for their image and competence.

She’s calling on the Education Ministry to lessen students’ and stakeholders’ burden by limiting last minute changes.

Meanwhile, Head of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Dr Garth Anderson told our newscentre that there was miscommunication in relation to the addition of numeracy and literacy to this batch of PEP.

He says Ministry personnel held mixed views on whether to use the numeracy and literacy this time but official word came from the Ministry over two weeks ago to use them.