Government will be sponsoring free classes in Mathematics and English over the next year for students who would have failed to matriculate at this year’s CSEC examination, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon announced yesterday.
He said that this would offer “a second opportunity” to those who failed to matriculate the June 2010 CSEC examination as well as others who failed to matriculate specifically because of weaknesses in Mathematics and English. Luncheon explained that matriculation “as of today” would include a minimum of 5 subjects (Grades 1 to 3) including Mathematics and English at one sitting or six subjects (including Mathematics and English) at two sittings.
“Cabinet’s agreement was to provide a year long course of academic reinforcement in English and Mathematics free to students who are eligible countrywide,” Luncheon said. “The courses will be delivered on a weekly basis at centres manned by resource persons from the Adult Education and from the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE),” he added. Special attention will be paid to students in the hinterland, Luncheon said, adding that other persons would be “solicited” via advertisements. These persons, Luncheon said would rewrite English and/or Mathematics in June of next year.
Luncheon said that cabinet is estimating that approximately 1000 students may enroll in the classes but said that it is likely that more would participate.