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Hundreds of students benefit from Scotia Foundation CSEC ‘Prep’

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Hundreds of students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 2022 began live classes on Tuesday, October 19 through an online exam preparation programme being facilitated by Scotia Foundation in partnership with One on One Educational Services Ltd.

“We are very pleased at the overwhelmingly positive response to the programme since we launched three weeks ago,” shared Yanique Forbes-Patrick, vice-president, public affairs & communications of Scotiabank. “We have been working with our partner One on One Educational Services Ltd, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the PATH office to target students and to get them onboarded. They were engaged with orientation over the past week and are now settling into their live classes and self-paced preparation schedule,” Forbes-Patrick said.

Each student was given a skills assessment test upon sign-up. Based on the results, the system has generated a customised learning plan for each student.


One parent who is happy for the timely intervention is Natalee Tulloch, whose son is now participating in the programme. “As a parent, I really appreciate this because for a lot of students, with everything that is going on, the extra lessons will be very beneficial in helping them to succeed.”

In the statistics released from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on October 14, participation in CSEC was down across the board as 11.23 per cent of students were absent from exams. The CXC also noted that 7,720 students have opted earlier this year to sit their exams in June 2022. This data comes as the Caribbean tries to cope with the effects that COVID-19 have had on the educational sector, including the lack of face-to-face classes.

Scotia Foundation has sponsored 1,000 students for the current online course and each participant will have free access to the live classes in the seven subjects being covered, past paper reviews, School Based Assessment (SBA) preparation, video tutorials and academic coaching. There is also self-paced learning using on-demand curriculum-based video courses and workshops.

“We really want to help our students to be successful. We will be engaging participants throughout the length of the programme with rewards that recognise their progress, and where we can, we will be seeking to expand their personal development,” Forbes-Patrick further highlighted in closing.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams said her ministry has endorsed the initiative. “I commend its continuing efforts to support the children of Jamaica at various levels from early to the tertiary,” Williams said.