Education Minister: CXC Results Should Be Put Into Context

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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As the Caribbean reels from news that more than 11,000 students who sat CXC’s May/June CSEC exams passed none of the subjects written, St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Education and Youth, Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards says that information needs to be put into proper context.

CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch revealed the troubling data while announcing the council’s latest examination results in Grenada on Saturday.

“There are some concerns, however, we continue to have candidates and we’re looking not at private candidates we’re looking at the candidates that the schools normally send in. We have over 11,000 candidates who took exams who did not receive any Grades I to III in any of the subjects that they took. This is not considering those who were not entered at all and the percentage of those who entered is extremely small. When we do our calculations from CXC out of the possible population for persons to write exams at the end of secondary school just over 20 percent actually get the opportunity to enter and if just over 20 percent get the opportunity to enter and 13 percent of those are not receiving any acceptable grades in the subjects that they take then you see why we consider it a concern because we are not producing persons for the market to either employ themselves or to be employed.”

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