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Decline in CXC maths regionally, says examinations council

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:12 PM

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has revealed a significant drop in the performance of students in mathematics at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level across the region.

At a press conference in Anguilla this morning, Registrar at CXC, Glenroy Cumberbatch, said the region had a 44 per cent pass rate this year compared to 57 per cent in 2015.

Meanwhile, there was an improvement in English Language across the region from a pass rate of 60 per cent in 2015 to 67 per cent in 2016.

Cumberbatch says a committee has been set up by CXC to look at how to improve passes in English Language and mathematics.

He says a similar committee has been set up to look at the sciences, which he says have been on a decline for the last three years.


Registrar at the Caribbean Examinations Council, Glenroy Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch says there was a 64 per cent success rate for CSEC across the region, while it that figure was 90 per cent for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

CAPE results are to be released online to students tonight, while CSEC results will be available on August 16.