Education Ministry wants ‘value for money’ at this year’s CSEC examination
Newly appointed Minister of Education Ms. Priya Manichand said that her Ministry is
determined to ‘reap value for money’ at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination. Just about GUY$24million has so far been invested into that ministry, but the result has not been in proportion to the investments made, “We are not seeing the corresponding rise in grades in the two particular subject areas of Mathematics and English Language, the problem with that is very simple if our children can’t matriculate with Maths and English then it means they are going to be a lot of doors that are closed to them; in the job area and the further education area and we need to make sure that that changes” according to the Minister. Mathematics, over the past 10 years, reflects a mere 10 percent increase in the pass rate from about 20 percent to currently 30 percent. “This is where we are at right now and this remains unacceptable in any language. The fact remains that we are seeing some countries having 31 and 38 percent, but all under 40 percent, and this is no comfort to me because at the end of the day what it means is that we have 70 percent of our children not having some of the doors we have here opened to them.”
According to the Minister the underlying principle behind striving to perk up the rate of performance in the subject areas is geared at ensuring that “our children can go on to Universities, whether local or foreign, and be able to access certain jobs. If they don’t have Maths and English then in a sense we are failing them and certainly we are failing our dear country.” The minister wants to see the grades in the two subjects’ areas improve of at least ‘1,500 of our children.”She is buoyant that the subject areas could reflect, at the minimum, a 20 percent improvement when the CSEC results are unveiled later this year.
Furthermore, the Government earlier this year approved a GUY$85.7M contract for the procurement of items to boost students’ learning. These included CXC General Maths Book I and II, the Self-Study Guide for CXC, the collection of revision DVDs, the combined pass papers from 2008 to 2011, Model Solutions to difficult answers, Combined Solution for everything in addition to a geometry set, graph paper and a scientific calculator which have been distributed to the participating schools. Teachers have been provided with individual syllabuses and a collection of the package to allow them to effectively work with each student. Some of the schools identified include Abram Zuil and Aurora, in Region 2; Stewartville, Leonora, and Zeeburg, in Region 3; Annandale, Covent Garden, and Bladen Hall, in Region 4; East Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Brickdam, and Richard Ishmael, in Georgetown; Bush Lot, Bygeval, and Woodley Park Primary-Top, in Region 5; Tagore, New Amsterdam Multilateral, and Skeldon Line Path, in Region 6; Three Miles in Region 7; St. Ignatius, in Region 9; and Mackenzie High, Silver City, and Christianburg, in Region 10.
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