Teacher migration reason for low CSEC math performance - ministry
The Education Ministry says the migration of qualified Mathematics teachers is one of the major reasons for Jamaica's low math scores in this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
Jamaica's overall pass rate in CSEC mathematics is 47.7 per cent this year - a 6.2 percentage point decrease when compared to last year.
The Ministry says the decline in math comes after three consecutive years of improvements in the subject which moved from 37.2 per cent in 2012 to 62 per cent in 2015.
According to the ministry, the migration of some 111 math teachers last year affected the preparation of a number of students.
The ministry says after the teachers left, some schools found it hard to maintain the standards of teaching and learning which had been established over the four years leading up to the CSEC math examination.
The Education Minister Ruel Reid says some schools found it difficult to identify suitably trained and experienced teachers to replace those who left the system.