Education ministry list PEP textbooks

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says it continues to provide schools with educational resources to support the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) for the upper primary level (Grades 4-6).

In its latest bulletin to education stakeholders islandwide, the ministry listed the recommended textbooks provided under the National Textbook Programme that covers the content required for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).

The books include:

• First Steps in Science Pupil’s Books 4-6
• The New Primary English Book 4-6
• Carlong Primary Social Studies: Jamaica Island Nation Year 4
• JPH Social Studies for Primary Schools: an Integrated Approach- Grade 5
• Carlong Primary Social Studies: Our World Environment – Year 6

This follows recent concerns from educators and other stakeholders on the confusion surrounding PEP materials.

The ministry advises teachers and parents that there is no need to discard GSAT textbooks bought for students being prepared for PEP exams this academic year.

“Textbooks provide support for the content of the curriculum which has not changed while workbooks are expected to provide practice. Workbooks are books that schools suggest to the MoEYI for approval as discretionary purchase but will provide limited practice at this time for the preparation for PEP,” the ministry stated in a release today.

The ministry added that GSAT workbooks would be inadequate to prepare for PEP since the items are not now all multiple choice, and students are being required to show and explain their responses in most instances under PEP.

Recently the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid had noted that over the past year, the Government has spent more than $200 million to prepare schools for the National Standards Curriculum (NSC), which includes PEP.

The ministry said, as it pertains to digital resources, it provided 22 primary schools with 650 tablets in the 2017/2018 academic year through the OEC/MoEYI initiative, and is expected to supply another 650 to an additional 22 primary schools for the 2018/2019 school year.

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