Results for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination are expected to be released by next week. At least this is according to Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, who informed a gathering of education stakeholders in Region Three yesterday that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)-facilitated examination “is almost out.”
The Minister was at the time speaking at a forum to announce plans for an extension project at the West Demerara Secondary School at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara.
She revealed that since Mathematics and English have long been recognised as the two crucial subject areas for students to pass in order to further their studies and secure good jobs, the Ministry has put measures in place to aid students’ learning process.
These, according to her, entailed the Ministry making provisions for students, from Grades Seven to Eleven, to have unrestrained access to the relevant textbooks.
Moreover, the Minister noted yesterday that “every single child should have in their possession Mathematics and English texts…all our (secondary) children; we did that deliberately over the last two years,” said the Minister.
She informed the gathering yesterday that this was done in light of the fact that the two subject areas are the ones that a number of children “really have to work on.” According to her the Ministry had also invested in geometry sets and calculators to further support students in the areas of Mathematics.
These efforts, according to the Minister, were complemented by training for teachers. In fact the Minister informed that teachers have been exposed to training “like never before” in the two areas in order to properly delivery lessons to their students.
This development was made possible through a strategic project implemented by Minister Manickchand soon after assuming the position of Education Minister as a means of helping to improve the performances of students.
As such, the Minister is optimistic that “by now we should be seeing the effects of some of this consistent work that has been going on.”
But since support measures such as textbooks are merely a loan to students these must be returned to the respective schools in order for them to uplift their results.
In fact the Ministry in a statement issued in June reminded that failure to return textbooks will see students being denied access to their CSEC results.
According to the Ministry statement, “the Ministry of Education wishes to advise all students who wrote the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, their parents and guardians that all textbooks issued by the Ministry through their school must be returned.”
This request, the Ministry statement said, is in keeping with the Ministry’s Textbook Policy, which states, “Learners must return books before Progress Reports, Examination Results, Recommendations, or References are uplifted.”
The Ministry said that it is therefore forced to adopt “this unfortunate position in an effort to provide adequate text books and similar opportunities to the next batch of students.”
The CSEC results are usually released by August.
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