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GSAT students urged to accept school placements

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites is urging students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) to accept the secondary school in which they are placed, and to excel.

This, he said, as the standards of all secondary schools are improving, with many of the newer institution doing “very well”. In addition, he noted, the GSAT scores have been improving over the years, and with so many students focusing on the traditional high schools, some simply cannot be accommodated due to limited space.

“We have to recognise that change is taking place. In particular areas and generally, they (new high schools) are securing results that are comparable to the so-called traditional schools...the cohort is often different and this is an issue that we have to face, but our parents, our teachers, our students, we in the ministry, have to recognise that there is a change,” Thwaites stated.

He was speaking at a press briefing yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister to provide details on this week’s GSAT.

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Currently, placement of students in high school is automated and done on the basis of performance in GSAT and in relation to the student’s choice.

Performance is ranked by the students’ composite scores, starting with the student with the highest score, then moving to the next highest score, until the last child is placed. If all spaces within the student’s five choices are exhausted, placement proceeds on the basis of the relevant school’s secondary preference list, and if necessary, manually, on the advice of education officers.

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