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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has lauded the work of the Emmanuel Christian Academy, for its preparation of students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).
  • The Minister encouraged the GSAT students to relax as much as they can and revise instead of try to absorb new material.
  • Principal Adjoa Dawes, said the Minister was invited to be introduced to the facility that has been in operation since 2000, and for the students to learn from him.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has lauded the work of the Emmanuel Christian Academy, for its preparation of students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

The Minister visited the institution on Olivier Road, in North Central St. Andrew   today Wednesday (March 12), to make a special address to students who will sit the GSAT on March 20 and 21. He answered questions from the students, toured the facility, opened a computer laboratory refurbished by the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), and met with other students.

Minister Thwaites said organisations should continue to invest in schools. “It falls exactly within the priorities of the Ministry of Education, we encourage churches to set up educational institutions of quality, as they always did throughout our history, and we welcome people making investments in educational. Emmanuel does very well, and their facilities are well thought-out,” he said.

The Minister encouraged the GSAT students to relax as much as they can and revise instead of try to absorb new material. “Just be calm and thoughtful about the process…accept whatever placement in high school, because we are all fortunate to be able to get a place in high school,” the Minister said, while stressing that Emmanuel has prepared them to do well at the various secondary institutions.

Principal Adjoa Dawes, said the Minister was invited to be introduced to the facility that has been in operation since 2000, and for the students to learn from him. “The Minister of Education has a part to play in what happens with them, his responses covered what they asked; pertaining to the selection of schools, I thought that he handled it very well. He encouraged them to bloom where they are planted, and to make the best of their opportunities,” she said.

The Principal reported that students who were educated at the school are doing well in the major exams, while the school excels in the arts, sports, and other areas. Spanish teacher, Pathellia Richards, told JIS News that the school encourages the educators and parents,  to be involved in all aspects of the children’s development.

“The parents make an effort to partnership with the teachers, to help the students to do well, by knowing what the home-work is, and participate in the completion of projects. There is a special time each year where the parents are allowed to come and observe the lessons, so that they can help their children to do better. The partnership is extremely important, it is us together, building to make them better citizens,” Miss Richards explained. The school is operated by the Emmanuel Baptist Church.