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GSAT is just a stepping stone – education minister urges parents to continue supporting children

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross, Gleaner Writer
Minister of Education Ruel Reid addresses students at the Mona Primary School before the start of the GSAT Examination today.

Education Minister Ruel Reid has appealed to parents of Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students to continue supporting their children as they go through one of the most important stages of their lives.

“Parents are important to the students’ overall achievement and I want to say to them, continue to support the youngsters. This is the first day of exams. Tonight you need to reassure them again. They need to go to bed early. They [also] can do some soft revision,” the Minister said.

He continued: “This is not the end of the journey anyway, because they still have a long career in high school, on to university. GSAT is just a stepping stone. It is a means to an end.”

A total of 39,129 students sat the Mathematics and Social Studies paper today. Accommodations were made for 394 students with special needs. Eight students sat their exams at the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine and the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.