76 public schools now having face-to-face classes

Covid-19

76 public schools now having face-to-face classes

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica— Seventy six out of 129 public schools which were approved for face-to-face teaching and learning have actually started, with the others given until January 18 to fine-tune their preparations for schooling, Minister of Education Fayval Williams said.

Williams told the House of Representatives this afternoon that it is expected that more schools will be added to the list as the ministry continues its physical inspections of schools.

“The focus for this term is the preparation of children for their exit exams -- Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, City & Guilds, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training and the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams,” the minister said.

Grade six students at the primary level are scheduled to sit the first of three components of the PEP exam -- the Ability Test -- on February 23.

Williams said the ministry is aware of the challenges the students face, and so it has strategically scheduled the Ability Test first, as this test is not based on the students having been taught the body of subjects in the National Standards Curriculum.

“The results of the Ability Test in February will give us a sense of the potential rather than just the academic performance of our children. It will alert us as to what our children are capable of doing so we can adequately prepare them for the Performance Task and the Curriculum based test which are based on the National Standards Curriculum and come later in May 2021,” Williams said.

She said the ministry will be offering additional special learning interventions and students will be provided with fully-funded access to Edufocal and One on One Educational Service in preparation for PEP and other external exams.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT