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99% GSAT students have been placed in high schools

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education has reported that 99 per cent of the nearly 40, 000 students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year have been placed in high schools, which is two percentage points higher than the 2016 figure.

The remainder, which have been placed in all-age and junior high schools, represents a 46 per cent decline over the number recorded last year, which the ministry says is a result of its thrust to phase out all-age and junior high schools.

Meanwhile, 79% per cent of the 2017 GSAT cohort were placed in their preferred school, according to just released statistics from the ministry.

Sixteen per cent were placed in secondary schools in proximity to the schools they currently attend, while the remaining four per cent were placed based on proximity to their home address.

A total of 39, 729 students were registered for the test. Some 1,521 were absent from varying components.

Last year 1,051 students were placed in all-age and junior high schools, compared to 568 this year.

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