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Education Minister urges calm as GSAT exam nears

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | 7:09 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites is urging parents, teachers and school administrators to be calm and encourage students to do their best as the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) nears.

The examination, which will be held on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 in schools across the island, will see some 42,000 students sitting.

“Let’s take some of the anguish out of GSAT for the teachers, parents and students and let us encourage them to study and think clearly and to do their very best… Don’t be nervous, the exam isn’t going to be that hard,” said Thwaites.

“The usual level of preparedness is being observed and children are revising and reviewing, hopefully not memorizing too much, hopefully (they) will go into the examination calm and with the assurance that unlike many other countries … they will all likely find a place in a high school, that’s a wonderful gift that Jamaica gives to its students,” he added.

The GSAT is Jamaica’s national high school entrance examination in which students sit five subject areas — English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Communication Task.

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