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Education Minister Gives High Marks to GSAT Administrators


Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has commended teachers, principals, invigilators and ministry officials for their contribution to the efficient administering of the 2016 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

 The no-show of four invigilators, due mainly to illness, did not affect the smooth running of the examination on its final day. Stand-by invigilators were used as replacements at the affected centres in Region One (Kingston and St Andrew) and Region Two (St Mary, Portland and St Thomas).

In addition, the Ministry dispatched a Special Needs invigilator, on request, to Hope Valley Experimental School in St Andrew.

During the two-day examination six unregistered students arrived and were allowed to write their papers.

A total of 39 129 students were registered to sit the examination. They wrote the Mathematics and Social Studies papers on Thursday, and Language Arts, Communications Tasks and Science were on Friday.

Special Accommodations were made for 394 students with special needs. Of these 26 were large print for children with visual problems, prompter, preferential seating, extra time, scribe, readers and writers to name a few.


On the first day of the examination Senator Reid visited Mona Heights Primary School in St Andrew before the start of the proceedings to encourage students to do their best in the examination.