PEP exams for grade six students start Feb 23, 2021

KINGSTON, Jamaica— For the academic year 2020/2021, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) intends to administer the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) at grade 6 using the usual approach, guided by COVID-19 protocols.

These students’ profiles will comprise grade 4 PEP done in 2019, and the grade 6 components to be done in 2021, Education Minister Fayval Williams told Parliament yesterday.


She said the MoEYI will advise on the weighting to be applied after a comprehensive study to be done by the consulting psychometrician on the students’ actual data.


“We understand the impact on learning loss that would have happened during the pandemic and we want to assure parents and students that we have taken this into consideration for the PEP examination,” the minister said.


“For PEP 4-6, we have reduced the content coverage to be assessed, we have delayed the sitting of the performance task and the curriculum based test for later dates in the year, and we have planned interventions including the services of private education consultancy services to enable our students to perform at the best of their abilities.”


The minister said the first component to be tested at grade 6 is the ability test which will be administered on February 23, 2021.


The dates for the performance tasks for grade 6 students for the academic year 2020-2021 are April 22, 2021 – language arts performance tasks; and April 23, 2021 – mathematics performance tasks.

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