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CSEC results to be released tomorrow

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that there has been a delay in the release of the results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

The results, which were expected to be released earlier this week, are now expected to be out tomorrow.

The ministry said it was unclear what led to the delay, and efforts to get a response from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) were unsuccessful.

Less than two weeks ago, CXC sought to assure students across the region that there would be no delay in the release of exam results despite several issues with its electronic marking (e-marking) system.

markers opt out

The Gleaner learnt that several markers who had signed up to mark papers electronically had opted out due to technical difficulties with the e-marking system.

One e-marker, who requested not to be named, said several persons using the e-marking system had made complaints about it.

But responding to questions from The Gleaner, CXC said at the time that the loss of some personnel had not resulted in a shortage of markers.

A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow to outline the details of the results for both the CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination examinations.

Last year, there was an improvement in the performance in CSEC mathematics and an overall increase in the pass rates for 13 other subjects.

CXC noted that 23,351 students sat the mathematics examination, compared to 22,870 in 2013, which is an increase of 481. Out of the 189,812 students who wrote the exams, 135,368 attained grades one to three passes, an increase of 2,647 from the 2013 figure of 132,721. In 2014, a total of 196,434 students were entered for 35 subjects.

- Howard Bingham