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Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer

Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, said he did not expect the ongoing state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division to adversely affect students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) tomorrow and Friday.

However, he is pleading with parents to desist from causing any additional stress for students.

"From the conversations I have had with my group, there does not seem to be any overarching concerns. We just want students and parents to follow the regulations that are laid down by the authorities as it relates to entry and passage into the different areas," Hannam said.

"My greatest concern is for parents to allow their children to do their exam and don't put them under any pressure. Just support them and build their confidence as best as possible," he told The Gleaner.

Hannam echoed remarks made by Education Minister Ruel Reid during a press conference held yesterday at his National Heroes Circle offices. Reid urged parents in St Catherine to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that their children arrive for the exams on time, given the restrictions associated with the state of public emergency in sections of the parish.