The Government will be providing a subsidy for secondary-level students to retake their exit exams this year due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was disclosed by the acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Education, Dr Kasan Troupe. She sought to assure that the ministry has noted the disruptions caused by the ongoing pandemic and said those students who will need to re-sit the exams will be provided with the necessary assistance.
“We know that the pandemic has really created some disruptions, so, for some of our students, the results for subjects like math were not impressive,” said Troupe.
“We would have provided in this year’s budget, because of that, the subsidy for you to get the opportunity to sit those subjects again. This is just a special provision for this year for those students, given the pandemic experience,” she explained.
Troupe was addressing stakeholders during the Sixth-Form Pathway programme virtual town hall hosted by the Ministry on Thursday. She highlighted that the ministry provides a subsidy for students to sit four Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects.
These are Mathematics, English language, one science subject, Information Technology or Electronic Document Preparation and Management.
“For those on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), once you have the qualifying scores, you get up to eight CSEC subjects covered. We also pay for one of your National Vocational Qualifications of Jamaica (NVQJ) skilled exams at grade 11,” said Troupe.
She noted that the support will continue in the Sixth-Form Pathways programme.
The acting CEO said students will benefit from three subject subsidies for Communication Studies and two units of their choice. The Sixth-Form Pathways is part of the Ministry’s implementation of a seven-year high-school programme.