Children expecting their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results and acceptance into Kingston-based schools of choice later this month may be in for some disappointment based on recent statements by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who has pronounced that the Ministry will be ensuring that students entering secondary school this year are placed in institutions close to where they live.
According to a report from the Jamaica Information Service website dated June 6, Mr Thwaites was addressing stakeholders at a meeting at the Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore last Thursday when he made the statement.
The aim of this decision, Mr Thwaites said, is to reduce commuting time and the gathering of students in bus parks which he said encourages idleness and other negative behaviours.
According to the JIS, Mr. Thwaites reportedly agreed that while parents preferences “will always be considered, the interest of children will be the deciding factor.”
You can read the rest of the report here.
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