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Minister says results ‘good’
Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh says approximately 40 per cent of the students who write the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exam succeed in five or more subjects, including Maths and English. Gopeesingh was addressing the Presbyterian Secondary Schools’ Board’s biennial professional conference at the Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain yesterday.
He said 6,500 of the 17,000 students who enter secondary school attain the minimum five passes or more. Of the 6,500 students, more than half—3,500—continue to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Gopeesingh said CAPE performances were “relatively good,” with 60 per cent of students scoring in the upper brackets, between one and three, and 90 per cent scoring between three and five.
Among the Government initiatives in response to these statistics, Gopeesingh listed teacher training programmes, the strengthening of technical and vocational training, improving teacher-student contact time and a review of both the primary and secondary school curriculum.
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