The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has set a new date of March 25, 2021 for the administration of the Grade Six Primary Exit Profile (PEP) – Ability Test. The original date was February 23, 2021. 
 Minister of Education Youth and Information, Mrs. Fayval Williams notes that despite the Grade 6 Ability Test not requiring learnt knowledge based on the Grade 6 curriculum, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information decided to set a new date to give more preparation time to students. 
 
She said this decision came after extensive consultation with stakeholders including parents, teachers, principals and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association. The consensus that emerged was for additional preparation time so that students could be more intellectually and emotionally ready.   
 
“We understand the challenges facing the education sector during this Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to ensure that more of our schools are inspected and that they attain a satisfactory report. We encourage all our students, parents, teachers and principals to utilize the learning approaches (online, audio/visual, learning kit and face-to-face where allowed) to help prevent any more learning loss. For those schools that are back in the face-to-face mode, they have the flexibility to utilize the rotational approach, the mixed modality and to avail themselves of the mobile intervention as we seek to reach all our students,” Minister Williams added. 
 
Stakeholders are being reminded that the students will sit the Ability Test in centres within schools presided over by external persons contracted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. School administrators are asked to pay close attention to this new date of March 25, 2021 and make the necessary plans for a smooth administration. 
 
Schools’ administrators may obtain more information from the Student Assessment Unit: by telephone at 922-5680, 922-2420, 948-9254 or by emailing: [email protected]