Education officials not overly concerned over CSEC results

Minister Michael Browne

Now that the official CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) results have been released by the Ministry of Education, the significant decrease in mathematics passes compared to last year has sparked debate throughout the country.

Education Minister Michael Browne speaking at yesterday’s post Cabinet debriefing, said the results aren’t as horrible as Some people make them out to be.

“I want to deflate the sensation relating to the dramatic fall in the mathematics scores. It’s just not true at all. When you look at mathematics performance overall in our schools in Antigua & Barbuda, math performance last year was 54.7 per cent. It’s the highest it has ever been in 15 years.

“Math performance for this year was 41.7 per cent. It fell by 13 per cent which equates to across the Caribbean where it has fallen by the same 13 per cent. We’re not an anomaly,” he said.

The minister pointed out that the pass rate outlook, not just for mathematics, is not isolated to just government public schools, but is somewhat skewed since private schools are rolled up in the figures.

“When we examine the results overall, the slump in mathematics isn’t just across the public schools, but is a concern across all schools, to include the private schools as well.

More in today’s Daily Observer.