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  • The Office of the Children’s Registry, OCR, wishes to congratulate the thirty-seven thousand five hundred and seventy five (37, 575) students who successfully completed their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and have been awarded places in various schools across the island.
  • The agency notes reports from the Ministry of Education that over seventy percent of these students were placed in one of their preferred schools and wishes to remind students who may not have been placed at their preferred school that with hard work, dedication and strong family and community support they can excel wherever placed.
  • With this in mind, the OCR is also urging parents and caregivers to be mindful of reactions to their children’s GSAT, results and the impact this may have on their wards.

The Office of the Children’s Registry, OCR, wishes to congratulate the thirty-seven thousand five hundred and seventy five (37, 575) students who successfully completed their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and have been awarded places in various schools across the island.

The agency notes reports from the Ministry of Education that over seventy percent of these students were placed in one of their preferred schools and wishes to remind students who may not have been placed at their preferred school that with hard work, dedication and strong family and community support they can excel wherever placed. With this in mind, the OCR is also urging parents and caregivers to be mindful of reactions to their children’s GSAT, results and the impact this may have on their wards.

Children’s Registrar, Mr. Greig Smith, says “this is a time of celebration for many and for some there may be a little disappointment but children must continually be encouraged to excel and the remain committed to achieving their goals. Therefore I urge all adults to lovingly assist their children to deal with the results of their efforts”

The OCR also notes with concern reports that some 800 primary level students who registered to take the GSAT, failed to turn up for the exams. The agency wishes to advise parents and caregivers that sections 28 (1) of the Child Care and Protection Act, CCPA, states that:

“Every person having the custody, charge or care of a child between the ages of four and sixteen years shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the child is enrolled at, and attends, school”

Therefore adults are encouraged that if they are having difficulty with their children’s attendance in school they should seek assistance through their schools and other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.