Robert A. Emmanuel
Despite a positive
showing from secondary and tertiary-level students in terms of the percentage
of students passing their exams, the results of the Caribbean Secondary
Education Certificate (CSEC) exams also showed a worrying trend for education
officials, teachers and schools where Mathematics continues to be an Achilles’
heel for many students.
In a report published
by local CXC registrar Myrick Smith, only 462 out of the 1,163 students (33%) who
sat this year’s Mathematics examinations passed the subject.
Additionally, only 27%
of students who took at least 5 subjects—including Math and English Language
(English A)—passed those examinations.
Other subject areas
where secondary students struggled this year were French (50.8%), Economics (51.3%)
and Human and Social Biology (61.3%).
However, the secondary school students did well overall in this year’s CSEC examinations, with 73.9 percent of them passing the examinations they sat.
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