Should schools be allowed to force students to take the CSEC exams privately?

Author : teriann

The education system in Jamaica has many drawbacks.  At the end of five years many students leave high school without basic literacy skills.  

 Now we could rail against the powers that be all we want, but what it boils down to is how we motivate our students to improve their academic performance.  

The students at some high schools are given criteria to meet that will enable them to take their exams at the school.  One of the requirements is that they must be recommended for a selected number of subjects.

However, if they do not meet this requirement then the school bars them from doing their exams and they pay an increased cost to do it privately.  

This is a double edged sword.  On the one hand it can serve as a motivator to push students to meet basic requirements. However, it can also put a huge financial dent in their parent’s pocket.

So should the Ministry of Education clamp down on this practice in schools?

Let me hear from you!  

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Teri Ann Renee Paisley (Gleaner on-line writer)

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2 Responses to “Should schools be allowed to force students to take the CSEC exams privately?”

  1. Horace says:

    If you have to wait until CSE exams to determine a students performance then the school is culpable and accountable; and obligated to have those children sit their school given exams atleast once.

  2. Bob says:

    I believe that all these type of exams should be scrap!.. because to me it is being used to dumb down some of our kids! it make some of them feel worthless!.. and most of all it pit them against each others, What we need to do is to make sure that we find our kids strengths and work with them on it . their weaknesses can be dealt with later!.. we must give them the help they need at the time and let the rest come later!.. I am sure that if we take this approach one would see how our kids excel!.. because what this would do is to give every body the same chance by helping them on their strength!.

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