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Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (centre), is flanked by students from the St. Hugh’s High School for Girls, just before the start of the institution’s National Conference on Girls’ Education on November 20, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. (FILE)

Mr Speaker, I am pleased to update the House on the status of application for transfers from students placed by the 2015 Grade Six Achievement Test. The data collected so far is showing a 10% increase over last year to date.

To date the Ministry has received a total of 1143 requests for transfers and has accepted 822, with 568 of these granted based on proximity to schools.

The two main reasons given for transfer requests are parents wish to have the child placed in a school nearest to home and financial difficulties to send the child to the school initially assigned. Both factors point to the challenges presented by students being placed in schools far from home.

The Ministry continues to monitor whether or not students are being transferred for sports reasons. So far none of the schools have indicated that this is the case…READ MORE 

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