Review of School-Leaving Exams

Plans are in the making to conduct a reassessment of the School-Leaving Examination.

Minister of Education and Human Resources Anthony Boatswain told the House of Representatives last week Friday there is need to determine whether the exam that is done by students who are in the last stage of the primary school level is worthwhile.

Out of 42 students writing the School-Leaving Exams in 11 subject areas this year, only two students secured passes.

Minister Boatswain disclosed that the person topping the list was an inmate at the Richmond Hill Prisons who had a mark of 75 percent.

The Education Minister, who provided the House with recent statistics of the School-Leaving Exams, said that in 2014 only eight students secured passes.

The exam is administered to primary school students who did not secure passes at the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).

Minister Boatswain also addressed the thorny issue of the temporary schoolteachers, which is of major concern to the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT).

He said a Cabinet-appointed committee, which at the regularisation of temporary teachers has recommended the permanent appointment of 205 teachers into the system.

The Education Minister pointed out that this has to be passed onto the Department of Public Administration for final endorsement.

Speculation is rife that Grenada has over 500 temporary teachers in the system.

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