'Don't pressure children sitting GSAT'
THE National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) yesterday urged parents of children sitting the GSAT Examinations this week to assist them by being confident, and avoid displaying signs of nervousness or pressure leading up to or on the day of the examinations.
The NPTAJ said it recognised that parents would like their children to do well. However, exerting undue pressure could lead to panic and eventual failure.
"We are advising parents to avoid taking the day off from work to camp out at the schools as this can create more pressure on children. Parents should remain calm, relaxed and transmit confidence to their children," said NPTAJ President Everton Hannan.
He said parents should also be guided by the fact that their children will be placed in a secondary school which will allow them to continue studies in pursuit of their academic and other dreams. "Parents should also accept the results and selection of the schools which their children will be attending," he said.
"Students should not be overwhelmed by the nervousness displayed by parents but remain calm as they go through this important phase of examination which is not about pass or failure," the association said.