The Ministry of Education is making extra classes available to students of two core Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects that will begin next week.
Education Officer responsible for secondary schools, Jonah Greene, announced in a press release that CSEC English and Mathematics will be taught after school hours in three locations.
The main objective of the Educational Supplementary Programme (ESP) is to provide support for students who will write CXC examinations.
“It is an initiative we would have started previously and we would be continuing that initiative,” Greene noted. “With Math and English, we want to provide that support for [the students],” she added.
For Mathematics and/or English classes, students can register free of cost at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The classes will be taught at Jennings Secondary, All Saints Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary schools. Registration can also be done at the three learning institutions.
Mathematics classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday each week
from 2:30 pm to 4:00 p.m., while English classes are scheduled for Tuesdays
and Thursdays at the same time.
The education officer is also appealing to students to wisely use the opportunity being afforded to them.
“The only requirement we have of students is that when they do go to the classes, they are going to be serious and stick to the academic task, because we do not want students who are accessing this free support service and taking it for granted and preventing other students from learning,” Greene noted.
Students enrolled in private schools will also be allowed to access the Educational Supplementary Programme.
Meantime, the ministry will also be offering classes for Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Classes will convene every Saturday, commencing next week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the previously mentioned locations.
Greene explained that the classes being offered in this particular area are important for students who intend to pursue studies in the United States.
“We know many of our students, especially those involved in sports and even our academic students who are looking to gain scholarships into universities and colleges are required to have SAT scores,” she said.
“Many times our students are not able to
access those scholarships because they would not have had any SAT scores, because they would not have done the examination. So, we want to provide that support for them as well,” Greene said.