The Ministry of Education has revealed statistics for this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, which indicates that 50 per cent of the students who wrote mathematics failed and 35.5 percent of students who wrote English Language also failed.
The two subjects continue to be a struggle for students as the overall performance remains unsatisfactory, even with marginal increases in the pass rates.
Registrar of Examinations Carmelita Matthew told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) yesterday, August 18, that though the failure rate for both subjects remain high, there have been slight improvements. The pass rate for mathematics last year was 31.62 per cent. This year’s figure has now improved whereas 50 per cent of students passed the examination.
Meanwhile, the pass rate for English language has also made a slight improvement from 60.85 per cent pass rate last year to 64.45 this year. Matthew told SNO that the lowest pass rates were mathematics, English language, Spanish, visual arts and agricultural science.
The subjects with the highest pass rates were principles of business, principles of accounts, physical education, economics, food and nutrition, rheatre arts, electronic document preparation and management, information technology, clothing and textiles, and technical drawing.
A total of 33 exams were sat by thousands of students in St. Lucia; 28.6 percent of students who took the exams failed while 72.5 percent passed with Grades I, II and III in the general and technical proficiency subjects.
St. Lucia is not the only country that continues to perform poorly, but the entire Caribbean has been faced with poor results, especially when it comes to the two core subject areas: math and English.
The failure rate has for several years been relatively high and continues to climb.