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Caribbean Journal of Education

The Mathematical Performance of A Selected Sample of Third Year Students in Jamaican Post-Primary Schools

Publication Date: 
June 1975

In 1967 the Jamaican Ministry of Education, through its Curriculum Committee, introduced a "modern" mathematics programme in the then recently established Junior Secondary schools. The Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT) in Mathematics is one of the tests used by the Ministry of Education to select students from the grade nine population in Junior Secondary and All Age schools for second cycle secondary education in High schools and Technical schools. Since 1970 this test has reflected the change in content of the Junior Secondary mathematics syllabus. In that year 22 items of the 100 item test were "modern" mathematics type questions which used the symbols and terminology of set theory as well as tested new topics such as numeration systems, finite arithmetics, and transformation geometry. 

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