CSEC, CAPE results show students continue to struggle with Mathematics

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By Robert A. Emmanuel

Despite a positive showing from secondary and tertiary-level students in terms of the percentage of students passing their exams, the results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams also showed a worrying trend for education officials, teachers and schools where Mathematics continues to be an Achilles’ heel for many students.

In a report published by local CXC registrar Myrick Smith, only 462 out of the 1,163 students (33%) who sat this year’s Mathematics examinations passed the subject.

Additionally, only 27% of students who took at least 5 subjects—including Math and English Language (English A)—passed those examinations.

Other subject areas where secondary students struggled this year were French (50.8%), Economics (51.3%) and Human and Social Biology (61.3%).

However, the secondary school students did well overall in this year’s CSEC examinations, with 73.9 percent of them passing the examinations they sat.

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