Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew Senator Delroy Williams visited 5 primary schools today ahead of Grade Six Achievement Tests (GSAT), which are scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday. He was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Winston Ennis and members of staff from the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).
Over 700 students were involved in the Mayor’s GSAT Talks which commenced at approximately 7:45am today.
Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor spent time talking to and answering questions asked by the students as well as giving exam tips and words of encouragement.
“Exams can be unnerving and we take today as an opportunity to show students that their success is important to the future of this city and it’s leadership;” Williams said as he advised students on techniques to remain calm before the exams.
Students were also given KSAMC branded pencil cases with stationery for their exams in order to ensure they were prepared sufficiently for the examinations in the days ahead. The cases themselves carried an inscription stating
‘You are capable of more than you know’ as a reminder to the students that greatness lies within them.
“Education is not only the key to success, it is the key to a better city so it was imperative that the Municipality would make the effort to motivate and encourage educational success,” Williams stated.
He went on to remind them of study tips for their exams and urged them to remain calm and focused and do their best in an effort to make themselves, their parents and their city proud.
Deputy Mayor Winston Ennis encouraged the young men in particular to take education seriously so they would be able to become successful men and supportive fathers.
This is one of many education focused initiatives that mayor has planned which will be spread across the city for the year.