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CARICOM | CSEC Failure Rate Cause for Concern

Registrar for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch Registrar for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch
Even as the region celebrates the success of students who wrote this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), concern has been expressed about the number of students who are producing subpar results.

During the official launch of the 2018 results in Grenada last Monday, Registrar for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch said that a significant number of students have failed each subject they attempted.

“We have over 11,000 candidates who took exams who did not receive any grades 1 to 3 in any of the subjects that they took,” Cumberbatch said.

He added, “This year we had over 60,000 candidates doing five or more CSEC subjects and 59 per cent of them gained acceptable grades,” and singled out Grenada as having exceeded the regional average by having 63 per cent of pupils gain acceptable grades.

Cumberbatch stated further that, based on the calculations by the regional examination body, out of the possible population of students to write exams at the end of secondary school, just over 20 percent actually gets the opportunity to do so.

If 20 percent of students get the opportunity to write the exam and 13 percent are not receiving acceptable grades, this is considered a major concern, the CXC Registrar declared.

And Cumberbatch called out the CXC for not “…producing persons for the market, to either employ themselves or to be employed. We understand the high level of unemployment amongst youth, depending on which country it is in the Caribbean, it ranges between 50 to 30 percent.”

One way to remedy this trend was to aim for a “wallet of certification” that also includes the CVQ and CCSLC, known to be vocational qualifications, to certify competence in a particular area, the CXC official proffered.

CXC, it was expressed, will be asking governments and business people within the region to use a wallet of certification to bring people into the world of work instead of just a CSEC certificate.

However, it was reported that this year’s CSEC results were actually better than last year’s.

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