Education Ministry Sets Up GSAT Help Desk

Photo: Melroy Sterling State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (left), listens to a point from Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (2nd right), during a visit to Mannings Hill Primary on Thursday (March 15) to encourage students on the first day the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Others from (2nd left) are parent Sherell Smith Walker; guardian Kathleen Grant; and Principal of the school, Matthew Sinclair.

Story Highlights

  • The Education, Youth and Information Ministry has established a Help Desk to monitor the administration of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and to ensure that the 190 test centres are adequately supplied with scripts and other materials.
  • State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure in a JIS News interview, during a visit to the Mannings Hill Primary School in West Rural St. Andrew on Thursday (March 16), to encourage students at the start of the two-day examinations.
  • The State Minister informed that regular updates will be made to the Help Desk on both days.

The Education, Youth and Information Ministry has established a Help Desk to monitor the administration of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and to ensure that the 190 test centres are adequately supplied with scripts and other materials.

State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure in a JIS News interview, during a visit to the Mannings Hill Primary School in West Rural St. Andrew on Thursday (March 16), to encourage students at the start of the two-day examinations.

“All our student assessment officers are out in the field in the regions checking up to see what is happening. If there are issues that occur, for example not enough scripts, it comes in… so that there are adequate scripts (provided); any problem, we are sure we can resolve,” he said.

The State Minister informed that regular updates will be made to the Help Desk on both days.

Mr. Green, who also visited Grove Primary School in Gordon Town, gave words of encouragement to all the students sitting the examinations.

In his assessment of the day’s activities, Mr. Green informed that the examinations progressed smoothly and that provisions have been made for the more than 300 students with special needs and those sitting exams from hospitals.

“Those students are given extra time, and we ensure that they are comfortable so that they can get through this stage,” he said.

At Mannings Hill Primary, the school’s Principal, Matthew Sinclair, led the students sitting the examinations through devotions, and a parent offered prayers.

He said this year’s preparations for GSAT were no different from previous years, as students and teachers were committed to ensuring success.

“They would have toiled many hours, coming early and leaving late. The children have put themselves forward in giving of their time to prepare for the big day,” he said.

Farica Dayes, a parent at the school, expressed optimism about the success of her child.

GSAT is being held on March 16 and 17.

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