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Weekly Round-up: PEP concerns… FX worries… US boy, raft captain drown

Sunday, August 26, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Newly installed President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Dr Garth Anderson poured cold water on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) on Monday saying the examination, which will be replacing the Grade Six Achievement Test to determine the placement of students in secondary schools, is on a course for failure.

He said that the examination still remains a mystery, recommending that the Government carefully phase in the change to reduce the shock on the system.

In response, Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid said his ministry has taken into consideration the suggestions from the nation's teachers, parents and the general public in making provisions for a formal implementation in September, adding that PEP teachers will have similar support to that of GSAT.

At the same time, data from the Bank of Jamaica's foreign exchange trading summary has revealed that local commercial banks are applying up to 5.6 per cent mark-up on the trade of foreign currencies, causing fresh anger among members of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA).

And, the bodies of a five-year-old American boy and that of local raft captain Llewellyn Reid were fished from the Martha Brae River in Trelawny on Thursday afternoon.

It is reported that on Tuesday, the boy, Jace Jones, and his two siblings, ages nine and 11, were rafting with Reid on the popular attraction when he fell into the water. Reid jumped in to save the youngster but got into difficulties and both drowned.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

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