Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean says government will undertake reviews to target schools with significantly low performance levels in the Grade Six National Assessment (G6NA).
Saint Jean said at a press conference on Tuesday that the reviews will assist the government in determining the possible reasons for the underperformance as well as help to devise solutions to tackle it.
“Over the years we have been addressing the issue of boys’ underachievement and we will continue to undertake reviews in targeted schools where performance levels are significantly low and where we have noticed is significant disparity between the performance of boys versus girls,” he said. We will also be specifically targeting schools where students overall performance are significantly below average.”
Saint Jean stated also that the government will continue to monitor students’ performance as well as “provide assistance in instruction for improve teaching and learning.”
Meantime Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine, said variations in the scores of the G6NA, by gender, show that girls are performing better.
“Still our girls are doing a little better than the boys, although in some areas the gap is closing and we would like to see more of that happening,” she explained.
Fontaine advised parents that over the summer holidays to ensure that their children spend time practising literacy and numeracy.
“We need to improve not only in numeracy but in literacy and I ask parents over the summer holidays to ensure that their children spend time with literacy and numeracy,” she advised.