Figures released by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) show students who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination in June have done exceedingly well compared to last year.
The figures were presented on Friday during a ceremony in Grenada to officially launch the 2018 results by CXC. More than 60,000 candidates did five or more CSEC subjects. CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch said 59 per cent of them gained acceptable grades.
The statistics showed an overall improved performance of 90% in most subjects, but Mathematics continues to be a challenge for most students which became evident when a regional pass rate of just over 60 per cent was revealed.
Spanish and other foreign languages also did not show much improvement which was reflected in the less than 60 per cent overall pass rate.
Mr. Cumberbatch also spoke about a growth in the new-generation subjects which, he said, were designed to help young people to enter the world of work or to create employment for themselves. The new-generation subjects are tailored for college students who are sitting the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) – another exam administered by the Barbados-based CXC.