IN JAMAICA: 2015 CSEC results show increase in mathematics passes — while English language declines....Of the 35 subjects sat, 14 showed improved pass rates over 2014

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com  Friday, August 14, 2015    
THE contentious subject of mathematics continues to trend upwards in terms of pass rate at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level in public schools.
THWAITES… there is room for improvement
According to the results of the May/June 2015 sitting of the exams, 62 per cent of the 23,639 public school students who sat passed. That’s an increase of 6.5 percentage points over last year’s 55.5 per cent pass rate, and 20 percentage points above the 2013 results.
English language, meanwhile, recorded a decline of 1.4 percentage points when compared with 2014, when 66 per cent of those who sat passed. Interestingly, the 2014 figure was two percentage points higher than that recorded in 2013.
The CSEC is administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council. It awards grades one to six, but only one to three are accepted as passes. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, following release of the 2015 results by his ministry at its Heroes’ Circle, Kingston, head office yesterday, said there were encouraging signs overall, but argued that there is room for improvement.
Of the 35 subjects sat, 14 showed improved pass rates over 2014 — agricultural science (single and double award), building technology (woods), economics, electrical and electronic technology, electronic document preparation and management, English B, information technology, maths, office administration, physical education and sport, principles of business, social studies, and Spanish.
Among those, agriculture, principles of business, and physical education and sport recorded the highest figures. “Overall, the highest percentage increases were in agricultural science (double award), 16.7 per cent, and principles of business, 12.6 per cent. In addition, three subjects had average pass rates of over 90 per cent. These were agricultural science (double award), principles of business and physical education and sport. more

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