There has been a decline in passes in Mathematics in the May/June sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exam.

Karl Samuda, Minister with responsibility for Education, said revealed on Wednesday that Mathematics and English recorded passes of 54.6 per cent and 82.6 per cent respectively.

This represents a 3.2 percentage point decrease in Mathematics passes and a 7.4 per cent increase for English Language.

Mr. Samuda, speaking at a press conference, lamented that the decline in Mathematics passes was “very worrying”.

“We’ve run out of time, and we’ve got to improve our output in terms of the performance of our students in mathematics,” he said, adding that strength in mathematics “is the basis on which we can strengthen our economic development strategy.”

**CAPE **

In the meantime, there was an average pass rate of 91.6 per cent in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results this year.

This represents a decline of 0.4 percentage points when compared to 2018.

While Mr. Samuda admitted that the government would have liked for there to be an increase over last year, he noted that the decline was only marginal.