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CXC concerned about absenteeism at CSEC exams

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 11:17 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Office administration, English literature, principles of accounts, information technology and social studies were some of the subjects, which recorded the highest levels of absenteeism for the January sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC).

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) says it's disturbed by the high number of candidates who were absent from the January sitting of the CSEC exams.

According to data the CXC made public in a release yesterday, office administration recorded 41 per cent absenteeism, English literature, 37 per cent; principles of accounts 31 per cent; information technology, 30 per cent; and social studies, 28 per cent.

Deputy chair of CXC, Dr Marcia Potter, says she's very concerned, as many candidates did not show up for their examinations, which were paid for by either the candidates or their governments.

She says it's cause for concern that taxpayers' money is being used to pay for examination fees and candidates are not showing up to write the exams.

In giving an overview of the situation in Jamaica, education minister Ruel Reid says although he was not able to retrieve any data up to press time, has not had any adverse reports.

Meanwhile, Registrar of CXC, Glenroy Cumberbatch, says avenues will be created to help candidates better prepare for the January sitting.

The Registrar says CXC plans to provide more detailed feedback to candidates on their performance so they know exactly their areas of strengths and weaknesses.

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