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Jamaican students record improvements in CSEC this year

Published:Tuesday | August 12, 2014 | 7:18 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Ministry of Education is reporting improvements in 14 of the 35 subjects sat by Jamaican students in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination.

The improvements were recorded in subjects such as Mathematics, English Language, Additional Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Food and Nutrition.

With regards to Mathematics, the pass rate moved from 42.2 per cent in 2013 to 55.5 per cent this year.

This represents a 13 percentage point improvement.

More students also sat the examination this year - 23,351 compared with 22,870 last year.

The grades in English Language also improved by two percentage points with 66 percent of test takers passing the exam this year, up from 64 percent last year.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says the improvements in math and English can be attributed to a number of initiatives implemented by his ministry.

He also said while the ministry is happy for the improvements it wants to see better grades.

In the meantime, the education ministry is also reporting that while more students sat the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the pass rates remained relatively flat.

A total of 54,972 candidates sat the exam this year.

The ministry says of the 38,536 students who sat Unit One subjects, 87 percent attained a passing grade.

It points out that this represents a two-percentage point decline from 2013.

Regarding Unit Two, the education ministry says there were 16,436 entries.

It says, like last year, 91 percent of test takers attained Grades 1 to 5.

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