Gov’t pensioners to get increase; minister happy with PEP

Gov’t pensioners to get increase; minister happy with PEP

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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CABINET has given approval for government pensioners to be given an increase this year.

Pressed for details at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid said details will be provided next week when Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke opens the 2019/20 Budget Debate in Parliament.

Senator Reid, meanwhile, is happy with what he described as the successful start to the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam.

He told the post-Cabinet press briefing that the first paper, the Ability Test, administered on Tuesday, was a success.

Senator Reid noted that more than 40,000 students were registered to sit the Ability Test at 1,104 centres islandwide. The next test will be the Performance Task component which is scheduled for next month, followed by the Curriculum-based Test.

He explained that during the Performance Task, students will be asked to solve a problem by demonstrating their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. This test seeks to assess students’ grasp of concepts, principles and procedures coming from content in language arts and mathematics.

“The scores for the Performance Tasks for language arts and mathematics will be combined with the scores the students receive in the respective curriculum-based tests to give an overall score of the students’ achievement of the National Standards Curriculum for the different subjects,” Reid explained.

The minister also announced that Cabinet has agreed to the award of a contract by direct contracting methodology, for the supply of 980 couplings, 1,480 flanged adapters and 58 end caps to the National Water Commission.

“The contract, in the sum of €429,916.92, was awarded to Georg Fischer Waga NV,” he noted.

Senator Reid said Cabinet also approved the publication of ‘A Citizen’s Guide to the 2019/2020 Budget’.

“This is an innovation to present the budget in simple non-technical terms for the benefit of the Jamaican people,” said the minister.

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