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CSEC English passes up 11 per cent

Published:Monday | August 12, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Jermain Francis, Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education is reporting an increase in the number of students attaining grades 1-3 in the Caribbean Examination Councils 2013 CSEC exams.

Of the 26,529 students sitting this year's English A paper 16,871 attained a passing grade.

This represents an 11 per cent increase over last year, which saw 52 per cent of the cohort passing English.

Mathematics saw a marginal increase in the number of passes for this year.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said 2,500 more students achieved a passing grade this year compared to last year.

22,903 students sat the May-June 2013 CSEC math exams with 9,661 passing.

The minister said these results are dismal and said a national policy to deal with these core subjects will be rolled this September.

The ministry says students can begin accessing their CSEC results at 10 p.m. today via the Caribbean Examination Council' s website.

The print versions should be available for distribution by secondary schools across the island on Friday.


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