Government postpones PEP

The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Performance Task tests which were scheduled for March 19 and 20 have been postponed.

This comes after the government made the decision to close all schools in light of the two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.

But as of Friday (March 13th), there have been six more confirmed cases.

The Performance Task aspect of the examinations would have fallen within the 14-day school-closure period announced by Prime Minister on Thursday, March 12.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr Grace McLean, said that the Ministry is reviewing the schedule for PEP.

“The Ministry has the capacity to postpone this assessment and to make a determination later, depending on the number of days that the students are going to be out. So we will assess after the next 14 days, and based on what happens then, we may take a decision for the postponement of the assessments to take place in April,” she said.

Grade-six students are scheduled to sit the Curriculum-based Tests on April 23 and 24.

And if students aren’t able to sit all the examinations under PEP, Dr McLean said “we have their grade-five assessments that could also be utilised in this specific case”

Grade-five students are scheduled to do the Performance Task on May 28 and May 29, and grade-four students are scheduled to do PEP Performance Task Tests on June 25 and 26.