The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Performance Task Tests, scheduled for next week Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20 have been postponed.
The postponement will affect nearly 40,000 Grade 6 students in schools across the island.
These exams would fall within the 14-day school-closure period announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday, March 12.
Mr. Holness said this decision to close all public schools was taken after consultation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and will be reviewed after 10 days.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, 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,” Dr Mclean said.
She said a decision will be made later as to whether the assessments will take place in April. One of the tests in the schedule, Abilities Test, was done February 25.