Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | June 12, 2013
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GSAT results on course for next week
Jermaine Francis, Gleaner Writer

The more than 43,000 students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Tests (GSAT) this year will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said things are on course for the results to be announced next week.

The minister did not reveal the exact date on which the results would be made public; however, he said the ministry was not expecting any glitches that would delay the results.

A shadow was cast over the exams in March when students from 25 schools in Region Three reportedly had 24 questions missing from their mathematics exam booklet.

The ministry said the irregularity occurred during the printing of the papers and the affected students would be equally judged based on an acceptable formula.

"Their outcomes are being scrutinised, and a statistical formula will be used to compensate for the missing questions. The assessment also involves looking at the students' work prior to the examinations," Thwaites said.

He said the ministry, along with statisticians, would be playing an integral role in assessing the students' prior work in order to arrive at the fairest results.

Last month, parents of GSAT students in St Ann staged a protest at the education ministry's regional office in Brown's Town. They said they were not pleased with the way the ministry was handling the discrepancies.

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