The education minister Andrew Holness is this afternoon expected to update the nation on Jamaica’s performance in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
There have been concerns this year about the impact the unrest in sections of the Corporate Area in May would have on students who had to sit CSEC exams at that time.
The education minister had said an adjusted system would be used to determine the award of a grade to the affected students.
During today’s press conference the Caribbean Examination Council which administers the CSEC exams is expected to explain how this mechanism was used.
Last year 56,000 students were registered to sit the CSEC exams but about 26,000 either did not sit their exams or failed all subjects.
Despite this Jamaica recorded its third consecutive year of improvement.
The pass rate of Jamaican students in key subjects such as English Language and Mathematics has consistently fallen short when compared with other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad.
Last year only 42 per cent of Jamaican students achieved CSEC passes in English, while 37 per cent were successful in Maths.