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Teachers get confidence booster with jump in CXC Math passes

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Teachers ’Association (JTA) says teachers’ confidences have been boosted by the significantly improved passes in Mathematics at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level.




Yesterday, the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, disclosed the improved performance of Jamaican students in this year’s subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels.



Sixth form students sit CAPE exams.



Thwaites noted that 56 per cent of students passed CSEC mathematics, representing a 13 percentage point increase over last year.



JTA president Dr Mark Nicely, says all stakeholders must now intensify their partnership to have poor performing schools model the ones doing well in the mathematics.



Meanwhile, Nicely is singling out businesses to become more active in the contribution to the education sector.



He says more help is needed to supplement resources provided by the Government.



The Education Ministry says the increase math passes can be attributed to a number of its initiatives including the revision of the curriculum, a new policy for the subject and the targeting of so-called weak schools.



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