Career & Education

After the GSAT storm

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

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Anxiety and nervousness would have now subsided across the island with the sitting of this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Thursday and Friday.

Recognised as a veritable rite of passage from the primary level to secondary level of education, parents, teachers and students execute a game plan of ‘mission: possible’ to secure success. The pursuit of positive outcomes sees the harnessing of all resources and skills: all hands on deck.

Reports from invigilators and administrators are that the 2017 staging of the examinations across the island was mostly incident-free.

Just over 39,000 students at 1,109 centres sat papers in mathematics and social studies on day one, with day two featuring language arts, communication task and science.

Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green sought to congratulate the team, especially the Student Assessment Unit and all the regional coordinators, for the professional and efficient manner in which the examinations were conducted.

He also encouraged parents to continue to support their children. “Be sure to give then a well-earned reward for their hard work over the last two days,” he said.


Jamaica Observer visited a number of schools at the end of the exams and noted the jubilant students, parents and teachers after a job seemingly well done.

Career & Education shares some conversations from parents and students of Half-Way-Tree and St Richard’s primary schools in the Corporate Area.

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