Garcia: Improvement in 2018 CAPE/CSEC results
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says it is not a true reflection of performance to say that 1,486 students did not receive any passes in the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
Garcia was speaking at a media conference on Friday at the Education Towers in Port of Spain.
It was reported by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) that 11,000 students across the region had failed to gain any passes in the CSEC exam.
Trinidad and Tobago accounted for 1,486 of these students out of the 16,042 local students from government and government-assisted schools that wrote the exams.
However, Garcia said some of these students also wrote the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) exams and are still awaiting results.
He said once the CVQ results are in, he expected the reported number to be drastically reduced.
The Education Minister however acknowledged that there were students struggling academically and he said this was often due to socio-economic challenges, poverty and a lack of a strong family structure.
He said he was very concerned about this situation, but noted that programmes like the Laventille/Morvant School Improvement Project have been making a difference.
He encouraged parents to be more involved and provide support for their children.
Garcia said overall, the performance of students this year was better than the performance over the last eight years.
Sixty percent of students who wrote the CSEC exams earned a full certificate, while in the majority of CAPE subjects, most students scored upwards of 90 per cent, Garcia stated.
In CAPE, there was a 95.10 percent pass rate in 2018 which was a slight improvement from 94.85 percent in 2017.
Garcia said this was a significant achievement.
Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan also said the 2018 CSEC and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) were an overall success and the performance of students improved from 2017.
He said more than 1,700 students had failed to attain any CSEC passes in 2017.
Seecharan lamented that focus is often placed on "problematic areas" but he said there have been improvements in 14 subject areas this year.
He added that the performance of boys had improved as over the years girls have been outperforming boys in the exam.
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