Male students urged to raise standards
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
"Where are the boys?" teacher of English, Godfrey Fisher, asked before he began his lecture at The Gleaner's Youthlink Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) seminar at the Holy Trinity Church in Montego Bay Monday.
Fisher's consternation at the comparatively low attendance by males was grounded in the context that Jamaican boys were generally outperformed by girls at the secondary level, and even more so in universities.
"I noticed this in Kingston and now I am seeing the same thing in Montego Bay: the low turnout of male students at these educational seminars that are geared at helping students in their upcoming exams," a concerned Fisher said.
"Not to say I am not glad that the females are out in the numbers, but I would appreciate a balance of male and female in the audience, and I just want to encourage the male students to participate in such seminars as it will assist them in the long run."
Secondary-level students in St James and Trelawny took a final opportunity to participate in the mathematics and English-language seminars, which aim to sharpen exam techniques in anticipation of CSEC sittings in May.
Fisher urged the students to pore over past papers to familiarise themselves with the format of exams administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
"I know some of you may have jitters during your exams, but I want to assure you that, once you have spent the time to practise and understand the usage of the English language, you will not fail your exam," he reiterated.
The earlier mathematics session was facilitated by veteran educator Cynthia Cooke.
The CSEC seminars, staged under the The Gleaner's youth magazine brand, Youthlink, enlists tutors who are CXC markers and teachers of English language and mathematics, providing guidelines to students that will be useful in exams.
The seminar will move to the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, today.