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Jamaican students top 16 CSEC subjects in region ... English language included

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 11:49 AM
In this 2006 file photo, two Bridgeport High School students practise exam-type questions in preparation for their CSEC examinations.
In this file photo students of Kingston Technical High School participate in group work at the school.

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaican students placed first in the Caribbean, in key subjects of English language, agricultural science, mechanical engineering and building construction in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) which administers CSEC, released the information in its merit list publication which ranks the top 10 best performing students in each subject, in the region.

CSEC is mostly done by grade 11 students.

Of the 35 subjects sat during this year’s exam, Jamaican students came out on top in 16.

Jamaicans were first in English language, agricultural science - single award, agricultural science - double award, building technology - construction technical, mechanical engineering and biology.

These areas are considered critical to the use of science and technology to drive Jamaica’s industrial and economic development.

Students also topped clothing and textiles, geography, home economics, principles of accounts and business, religious education, social studies, technical drawing, visual arts and human and social biology.

Meanwhile, Jabari Hastings, of Campion College was the most outstanding Jamaican student in this year’s CSEC exams based on the merit list.

Hastings came first in Geography and tied for the top position in Mathematics in the Caribbean.

He also emerged second in chemistry, fourth in additional mathematics and information technology, sixth in technical drawing and seventh in physics.

The overall top CSEC student for the region has not been announced.

Earlier this year, Jamaica's Education Ministry reported improved passes in mathematics, English language and 12 other subject areas.


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