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Education Minister Praises GSAT Teachers and Administrators


JIS: Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has applauded the grade-six teachers, the principals and administrators across the island, who have collectively assisted with making the 2018 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) a success.


“For day one, by all reports received, everything went very well, and, again, I am very proud of the Ministry’s team. They have been experts at this. We have had seamless examinations over the last many years, and it is a full credit to the team at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information,” he said.


“I want to praise how committed these teachers have been,” he added.


He said that despite industrial action last week, the grade-six teachers facilitated the students in order to ensure that they were well prepared.


“From all the schools I have visited and interacted with the students, it’s clear that they were not affected, and full credit to the leaderships of our schools,” Senator Reid said.


He was speaking to JIS News at the Mountain View Primary School in Kingston this morning (March 23) where he offered words of encouragement and support to the GSAT students.


He also assured them that they will all be placed in a secondary school, and the onus was on them to aspire for greatness, no matter the school in which they will be placed.


“All students will find a place in high school, so we look forward to them continuing to do very well,” Mr. Reid said.


Vice Principal, Mountain View Primary, Michelle Robinson, said the visit was “quite encouraging for our grade-six students”.


“Seeing him in person gave them a little boost, and his words to them were quite encouraging as well as his prayer,” Ms. Robinson told JIS News.


A total of 39,093 students sat the two-day test in Communication Task, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and English.


CAPTION: Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, praying for students at Mountain View Primary School on Friday (March 23) before they sat their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).