Chief Education Officer, Steve Hyacinth, is expressing concern that Dominica’s performance in English Language (English A) in the 2012 CSEC Examination has declined and there is continued poor performance in Mathematics.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Education revealed that performance in English Language dropped to 55.3 percent from 79.8 percent in 2011. It also showed that perfomance in Mathematics among Dominican students is below regional rates.
“Dominica’s performance in English A represents an 8.3 percent pass above the region’s overall performance of 47 percent this year compared with 67 percent last year. Mathematics continues to be a challenge. This year 27.9 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 37.9 percent in 2011,” Hyacinth said.
Minister of Education, Petter Saint Jean, is also highlighting the issue. “CSEC results show consistent poor performance in Mathematics. Student’s scores point to the need to address with greater urgency the problems associated with teaching/learning of numeracy in the education system,” he pointed out.
Saint Jean said his ministry is already taking steps to tackle the issue. “The ministry has gone further to tackle the problem at its very root with a Primary Education Numeracy Pilot Consultancy. It is expected that the intervention will improve student’s achievements in Mathematics in primary education and reverse the current poor attainment levels,” the Minister said.
The results of the 2012 CSEC Examinations were released on Wednesday. Covent High School topped the list in performance with an overall 94.8 percent followed by the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary school at 89 percent and St. Mary’s Academy at 80.3 percent.