Students hail teachers for preparing them for PEP

BY SHANAE STEWART
Observer staff reporter
stewarts@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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GRADE six primary school students in Kingston lauded their teachers for preparing them for their Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam that came to an end yesterday.

The students were very thankful for the help they received, and were extremely happy that their teachers went the extra mile to ensure that they were ready for the exams.

Mikayla Gordon, head girl at Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School, said that the exam was easier than she anticipated, and the questions were similar to what her teacher had given in class.

“We did mathematics and social studies today (yesterday) and it was not as challenging as we thought it would be. We got similar questions in class, so it was not entirely foreign and I have to thank my teacher for that,” Gordon said.

Janielle Lowe, another grade six student at the school, said, “The exam wasn't hard and it wasn't easy. The questions on the test were somewhat similar to what we practised in class, and the invigilator even told us how calm we looked. My teacher did a really good job getting us ready for PEP, and I really hope I will be placed at Wolmer's Girls' School when all is said and done.”

Donate Clarke was also in agreement with the statements made by his schoolmates.

“I am going to say that the exam was challenging. One of my teachers told me that I should never say an exam is easy. However, as challenging as it was, I believe I was given the necessary preparation by my teacher, and I am confident that I will be placed at Jamaica College,” Clarke said.

And Analese Brown said: “Although some of the questions on the exam required thinking, my teacher had given us similar practice questions and so I did not feel lost.”

Shaunagai Witter, a grade six teacher at the school, said that she believes that her students did well, but hopes that the exam will be improved in the future.

“Even though this exam needs some fine-tuning, it is still a good concept. It allows the students to infer, and not be like robots who only know what they are told,” Witter said.

Students at Half-Way-Tree Primary School echoed similar sentiments.

“My teacher was always available. She conducted extra lessons and Saturday classes for us. She helped in preparing us mentally by offering encouraging words, and because of that I felt confident going into the exam and even more confident after seeing what the exam was like,” Sherdon Whyte said.

“I think my teacher did a very good job in preparing us for the exam. She sometimes would tell us how we have to strive for excellence, and she made herself available to all her students at all times,”Quaciann Stewart said.

Meanwhile, students at Dunrobin Primary were especially thankful because their teacher lost a daughter recently but still managed to show up for them.

“My teacher's daughter died and she still came out to help us prepare, and I really appreciated that. The overall exam was manageable and I hope the hard work of both my teacher and I will not go in vain, ” Kendra Tomlinson said.

Regina Carter said: “My teacher played a huge part in my PEP preparations. Despite the fact that her daughter died, she still lent a helping hand to us. She also gave me a gem that I will take everywhere with me. She told me that if I am not confident I am twice defeated in the race of life, and so I was confident entering the exam and I am confident that I will be placed at my school of choice.”

Sammier Clarke, another student, was also thankful for her teacher who is grieving the loss of a child, said, “Even though a tragedy has occurred in my teacher's life, she still made herself available to us days before the exams. Leading up to the exam, she offered us extra classes at a cost but those who were not able to pay were not turned away.”


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