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Thwaites troubled by CXC passes in foreign languages

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 8:36 PM
Ronald Thwaites - File

The Education Ministry says it is troubled by the performance of Jamaican students in foreign language examinations offered by the Caribbean Examination Council.



There has been an increased effort to have more students develop suitable competencies in languages such as Spanish and French.



Both subjects are offered in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), exams for grade 11 students and at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, CAPE level for sixth-formers.



This year’s results show declines in passes for both Spanish and French at the CSEC level.



At the CAPE level, French recorded a slight increase while Spanish passes fell.



The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says he is not pleased and the lower levels of the education system have to be strengthened to fix the problem.



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