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Education Ministry reminds parents and schools of 2016 exit exams deadline

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 1:31 AM

The Ministry of Education is calling for secondary school administrators and parents to ensure that all eligible students are registered to sit exit examinations in 2016.

Registration is open up to January 14 for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification, National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica and City & Guilds examinations.

The ministry says while the registration process for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) may be closed, it will facilitate students who may have missed the deadline.

Parents are asked to contact the Ministry’s Regional Offices for assistance.

The Ministry of Education stipulates that grade-11 students should sit a minimum of five exit examinations including English language, mathematics, a marketable skill and two other subjects.

Speaking on Friday during an awards function for students who excelled in the CSEC examination and CAPE in 2015 Education Minister Ronald Thwaites disclosed that the Ministry was currently providing subsidies totaling $380 million for examination fees for several subjects.

Thwaites said where some parents are still not able to afford the fees for other subjects they should inform the Ministry so that assistance can be provided.

He noted that a policy objective of the Ministry of Education was to ensure that over time 100 per cent of students in the grade-11 cohort sit exit examinations.